James Connolly was born in Edinburgh on 5 June 1868 and died at the hands of a firing squad on 12 May 1916, 100 years ago. It’s important to remember him as part of our own history but also as a warning to those who advocate that we shelve any political ideals until after independence.
“If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs.”
– James Connolly, executed by the British state: Edinburgh & Scots radical, socialist, republican.