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.
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.