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11-04-2015, 05:29 PM
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Saturday, May 2nd will see éirígí Baile Átha Cliath launch a new annual forum for education, discussion, debate and the networking of political activists. The theme of the inaugural 'Connolly College' will be 'We Only Want the Earth - The Fight for Control of Ireland's Natural Resources'.
The one day event, which take place in Wynns Hotel on Abbey Street, Dublin on May 2nd will be broken into three separate sessions broadly focused on:
- 'James Connolly on Natural Resources'
- 'Ireland's Natural Resources - A Sectoral Breakdown'
- 'From Rossport to Coolock - Stories of Resistance in the Struggle for Control of Ireland's Natural Resources'
Following the final session there will be an opportunity for people to renew old friendships and make new acquaintances whilst discussing the day's proceedings over refreshments.
Confirmed speakers include the author, historian and co-author of the 'Come Here to Me!' blog Donal Fallon, éirígí's Brian Leeson and the Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington. Additional contributors will be confirmed in the coming days.
Speaking in relation to The Connolly College Leeson said, "We hope The Connolly College will become a useful addition to Dublin's annual political calender, providing another forum for citizens to learn, talk and develop links with like-minded people. Given the scale of the anti-Water Tax movement that has emerged in recent months we think it makes sense to run with a natural resources theme for the first Connolly College. It might prove useful for people who are involved in this relatively recent Water Tax campaign to share their experiences with those who have been involved in a campaigns like Shell to Sea for over ten years.
While this year's Connolly College is taking place across a single afternoon we hope it will grow into a weekend event in years to come. We hope to organise it at the start of May each year, coinciding with the execution of James Connolly and the other leaders of the 1916 Rising.
On behalf of éirígí I'd like to invite anyone from across the country who has an interest in the issue of Ireland's natural resources, and who benefits from them, to come along to one, two or all three sessions on Saturday, May 2nd. While éirígí is organising The Connolly College it is open to everyone from all political backgrounds and from none. I'd like to extend a particular invite to anyone who is involved in the anti-Water Tax campaign to come along and share their experiences."