Frank Keane at Irish Trade Union Defence Committee demonstration

Irish Workers Group member Frank Keane  carrying the Irish tricolour, Dublin Republican activist from the 1950s-60s Eamonn Nolan carrying the Starry Plough. Butch Roche who threw a cannister of CS gas into  the chamber of the House of Commons in 1970, behind Keane holding the banner. photograph by Seamus Ryan.

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On the 21st August 1966 about 350 Irish exiles and rank and file British Labour  movement  activists took part in a Irish Trade Union Defence Committee demonstration against the Irish Government’s anti-trade union legislation. The then Lemass government proposal that  a strike could not be deemed official until a secret ballot was held and strike action agreed to by sixty-one per cent of voting members. The demonstration rallied at Hyde Park and marched to the Irish Embassy in Grosvenor Place where a picket was held. Speakers were Eamonn McCann,Michael Farrell, Liam Daltun, John Palmer.

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