Launching the Workers’ Party 2010 Ard Fheis today Michael Finnegan, Party president said the theme
of the conference “Organise – Build the Party” had been carefully chosen.
“Today more than
ever before’ stated Mr Finnegan “the working class in Ireland, whether employed or unemployed, whether public
or private sector, whatever their contry of birth need a party which will stand proudly on their behalf and resoutely promote
and defend their interests. It is in this context that our Ard Fheis is being held, and it is in this context that we have
chosen our theme.’
“Our clįr (agenda) is a very full one. The major papers and other policy motions extend
to 46 A4 pages. We look forward to two days of very intensive debate – and confidently expect to emerge a stronger and
more focused organisation ready for the battles ahead both North and South”.
“I would take this opportunity
to repeat the call I made on 12th May to mark the anniversary of the execution of James Connolly. On that day I said: “Connolly’s
teachings are as relevant today as when he was alive. His socialism is ageless and we as socialists and trade unionists must
strive to ensure that his legacy is kept alive in Ireland today and in the future. Connolly would never have accepted the
dictum from the bourgeoisie that “labour must wait”. Labour has waited in vain for 90 years. Now, as capitalism
is in deep crisis, the Left has the opportunity to fulfil Connolly’s dream. We call on the entire Left in Ireland, including
the Labour Party and the ICTU, to come together to sweep this inept government out of the Oireachtas and, for the first time
in our history, install a left-led administration”. Once again I call on all genuine left groups to work together for
our class and for our country”.
“The Workers party is very aware of the international nature of capitalism
and the necessity of a coordinated international working class fight against capitalism. We will devote considerable time
therefore to debating the international situation and are delighted two distinguished guest speakers. Greece is one of the
countries most brutally suffering during the present crisis of capitalism Thanasis Vlontzos, one of those most centrally involved
in organising the huge protests against EU and IMF enforced austerity measures in Greece is here at this Press Conference
and will answer any questions through an interpreter”.
“Iraq, as we all know, was the victim of a brutal
invasion seven years ago and is still the victim of war, plunder, and deliberately ignited sectarianism. It is therefore with
great pleasure that we will welcome Comrade Emad al-Hamdani, member of the central executive and international relations committee,
of the Iraqi Communist Party."
“We are looking forward to our Ard Fheis and to the struggle ahead, whether against the Tories in Leinster
House, in Stormont, in Westminster or in Brussels”.