“And no one Dared Disturb the Sound of Silence”
“No to Apartheid in Clonmel”
There were no dissenting voices to a motion put forward by Cllr Niall Dennehy labeled ‘No to apartheid in Clonmel,’ at this week’s Clonmel Borough District Meeting.
The full motion read, “No to apartheid in Clonmel. That there be no apartheid, discrimination, segregation or seperatism of any kind on medical grounds or other practised within this Clonmel Borough District.” Speaking to the “No to Apartheid in Clonmel” Motion Cllr Dennehy said, “Our very own County Museum here in Clonmel has been marking/ remembering the War of Independence which ended 100 years ago last Sunday 11th July. This led to the foundation of The State and ultimately to the freedoms that we have enjoyed for a century, and should continue to enjoy, such as Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Travel, Freedom of Bodily Integrity and the Rule of Law and Justice.
“In 1912, our Town Hall Chamber in Clonmel welcomed none other than Jim Larkin and James Connolly – Connolly would become an executed signatory and author of The Proclamation of Independence, content of which was subsequently enshrined in our Constitution, namely “The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, cherishing all the (people) children of the Nation equally”. It would be my sentiment that this continues to remain the case, as a Tipperary man, a county steeped in the traditions of that War of Independence. I would in no way support the surrender of these values to unelected overpaid officials, in any circumstances. Hopefully my colleagues would agree, which is entirely a matter for themselves.”
Cllr Pat English seconded the motion.