James Connolly


Belfast Labour Meeting & Home Rule Bill


Drafted by James Connolly, Belfast, 1912.
From the collection: Ireland Upon the Dissecting Table, Cork Workers’ Club 1975.

Transcription & HTML Mark-up: Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.

Resolved: That this meeting of workingmen and women of Belfast welcomes the project of the establishment of an Irish Parliament as opening the way for much needed social reform and the reunion of the Irish democracy hitherto divided upon antiquated sectarian lines, but considers that in the interests of democracy in this country more facilities should be offered for securing a full and proper representation of the people of Ireland; and we, therefore, demand that provision be made in the Bill for payment of members and election expenses, proportional representation, and the enfranchisement of women; and also that the proposed Senate be dropped from the Bill, as we consider that experience has proven double chambers of legislature to be useless and dangerous.

That a copy of this resolution be sent to the leaders of the various parties in Parliament, and also to the Parliamentary representatives of Belfast.


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