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That this House notes the 150th anniversary of the birth in 1852 of Jim Connell, who wrote The Red Flag; recalls Connell worked on Keir Hardie's newspaper, the Labour Leader and was also secretary of the Workingmen's Legal Aid Society during the last 20 years of his life; recognises the relevance of the words in the Red Flag: 'well recalls the triumphs past, it gives the hope of peace at last, the banner bright, the symbol plain, of human right and human gain'; and makes a commitment to these and other sentiments in The Red Flag, including to keep the red flag flying for many May days to come.
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at end add 'and congratulates the Jim Connell Memorial Committee on the monument erected to him in Crossakeel, near his birthplace in Kilskyre, County Meath; praises the efforts put into the very successful event celebrating Jim Connell's 150th anniversary over the May Bank Holiday weekend; thanks the GMB and other trades unions for their support for the memorial and the event; and remembers the contribution made by Irish emigrants like Jim Connell to the advancement of a fairer and a more decent society for all.'.