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Battling Sherlock: Don’t quote Connolly at me FESTIVE WELCOME TO CORK

WARM WELCOME: Aela O’Toole, Molly Burke, Niamh Burns and Grainne Collins at Cork Airport. Picture: Larry Cummins, PASSENGERS flying into Cork Airport will be greeted by the sound of music between now and Christmas. Flute quartet The Fluteenys performed at the airport yesterday evening. The four girls are students from

Gaelcholaiste Choilm in Ballincollig and are music students of Maria Mulcahy of Cork County School of Music. St Coleman’s Chamber Choir are due to perform at the airport this evening to lend a festive air to the arrivals hall.

LABOUR PARTY members claiming the spirit of James Connolly is dead don’t know what they are talking about, according to Labour junior minister Seán Sherlock. The Cork East TD hit back at post-budget claims from grassroots members and local politicians such as county councillor Noel McCarthy, who said that the Irish socialist revolutionary would be “turning in his grave” at what Labour had become. Labour councillors across Cork have been openly critical of its party leadership this week, while national party chairman Colm Keaveney was expelled from the Labour parliamentary party after voting against the Budget yesterday. Mr Keaveney’s views were echoed by Cork local representatives and grassroots members who said the cuts to children’s allowance, respite care and back to

Sean Sherlock: “Those who claim Connolly is turning in his grave don’t know what they are talking about.”

By PADRAIG HOARE AND RONAN BAGNALL school allowance were inexcusable. Minister Sherlock said: “I sometimes think those invoking James Connolly have not read his works. James Connolly was first and foremost a patriot, and if there was an



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Irish constitution when he was alive, he would have wanted the same as the Labour Party today — getting the IMF out of here and achieving economic sovereignty once more, leading to social justice.” Minister Sherlock said last week was the toughest of his political life because people were hurting so much, including Cork East, but that there was three more years of five to go in the Government’s lifetime. He added that it would do no good to withdraw and enter opposition because Fine Gael could implement further right-wing policies. “We’ve had to break promises and we didn’t like doing that. But we’ve been able to stem the tide on social welfare cuts and Kathleen Lynch has been able to preserve the disability sector. I am asking people to hang tough because the turn in this country’s fortunes will come. Then allowances and entitlements lost will be restored.” ● See pages 2&3 for more.

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