The inaugural Redmond O’Neill Memorial Lecture took place at 7pm on 13 June 2012 at Bolívar Hall in London. Pearse Doherty TD delivered Gerry Adams TD President Sinn Féin’s lecture to a packed hall. The full lecture can be viewed and read here.
Redmond O'Neill Memorial Lecture7pm Wednesday 13 JuneBolívar Hall54 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DLOrganised by: the Redmond O'Neill Memorial LectureSpeaker: Gerry Adams TD, President Sinn FéinChair and Introduction by: Ken Livingstone
Tributes to Redmond O'Neill given at the celebration of his life, 30 October 2009, Highgate Cemetery, London.
After fighting cancer for some time, Redmond O’Neill sadly died in surgery on Wednesday 21 October.Redmond was not one for the limelight, but his belief in the cause of humanity and his determination to achieve change was relentless.
With profound sadness we received the news about Redmond's demise.We are aware of how much Cuba meant for him and how he always regarded our country as in the core of all the core of all the progressive processes that are taking place in Latin America.Redmond represents and will forever be remembered as an example of dedication to the anti-imperialist struggle, to justice and equality. He was a true and committed friend and he will always be in our thoughts.At this painful time I wish to express deepest condolences and sympathies to you and Redmond's family, on behalf of us all at the Embassy of Cuba.
I regret that I couldn’t attend Redmond’s funeral because I was opening a trade union learning centre in my constituency. Redmond would have understood. The centre will provide the basic training to large numbers of the next generation of trade unionists to fight the struggles ahead. It is like passing the baton from one generation to another. In many ways the centre symbolises all that Redmond was about. He was the complete cadre. He had the ability to analyse meticulously the political climate in which we were working, weigh up carefully the strategies best to be pursued and then creatively marshal the broadest alliance of forces that could be mustered. But skills like this are worthless without commitment and Redmond had a selfless dedication to the causes of Ireland, internationalism and socialism that made so many of us admire him and hold him in such high regard. I particularly remember with warmth Redmond’s role in the old times of the LCI and the various other organisations we were in or established when Irish freedom was a difficult cause to espouse. Redmond’s contribution to our movement will be remembered with immense respect but the man will also be remembered with great affection by all those of us that worked with him over the years. Go well old comrade.John McDonnell MP 30/10/2009
Tribute to Redmond O’Neill
Britain’s anti-racist movement mourns one of its best ever campaigners
We are devastated and deeply saddened to report the death of Redmond O’Neill. Redmond died on 21 October 2009 during surgery for cancer. The National Assembly Against Racism (NAAR) worked closely with Redmond when he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Ken Livingstone as Mayor of London.Redmond gave big encouragement to all our campaigns at the National Assembly Against Racism. His track record on campaigning against racism was truly spectacular, particularly when viewed in the context of the electoral rise of the British National Party (BNP), a national increase in racist attacks and growing Islamophobia in society.Redmond worked with all London’s communities and his work played a major role in reducing racist attacks in London and ensuring community harmony after the terrorist bombings of 7 July 2005.Redmond approached his work with meticulous care and enthusiasm. He made a central contribution to NAAR’s campaigning against Islamophobia, the establishment of the Coalition to Defend Freedom of Religion, Conscience and Thought, opposition to detention without trial, the Rise festival (which became Europe’s largest anti-racist festival), the Europe-wide Cities Against Racism project, the celebration of the different communities that make up London, including the opening up of Trafalgar Square to community celebrations.Redmond was pivotal in bringing the European Social Forum to London, and ensuring that Anti-Racism was a key theme that ran through the event. The motto of the European Social Forum is ‘Another world is possible’ – Redmond’s passion, vision and enthusiasm made it feel like a better world is inevitable.Recently Redmond threw himself into Unite Against Fascism and was committed to building the biggest and broadest mass campaign against the BNP.Like many other people that have paid tribute to Redmond, we at the National Assembly Against Racism found Redmond an inspiration and a pleasure to work with. His affinity with the Irish community gave him an acute understanding of the impact of racism upon diverse communities – in word and deed he did everything possible to challenge it wherever possible.The anti-racist movement will miss its brother, friend, comrade and one of the best campaigners the movement ever had. The fight against racism goes on and Redmond’s example and achievements leave a rich legacy at a time when the need to stand up against all forms of racism is as necessary as ever.Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Redmond’s partner Kate Hudson, family and friends during this difficult time.
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