O'Connor pays tribute to Connolly on centenary of his death

Siptu president praises 1916 leader's "physical and ideological struggle against capitalism"

O'Connor pays tribute to Connolly on centenary of his death

James Connolly

A ceremony has taken place in Dublin to mark the centenary of James Connolly's death.

The 1916 Rising leader was executed at Kilmainham Gaol on May 12, 1916.

Earlier today, a pipe band and the Irish Citizens Army commemorative group marched from Church Street in Dublin City centre, to Arbour Hill Cemetery.

Relatives of James Connolly and the Labour leader Joan Burton were among those who paid tribute to James Connolly's contribution to Irish history.

SIPTU President Jack O'Connor said Connolly was a pioneering campaigner for the rights of workers in Ireland and abroad.

"He was a committed socialist and internationalist, and during his short but full life of physical and ideological struggle against capitalism, in Scotland, Ireland and the USA, he knew well that replacing the Union Jack with the green flag would not be enough to secure the freedom of his class."