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Union to support rebel film.

Byline: By KIERAN McDAID

IRELAND'S largest trade union is to help fund a film about a 1916 Easter Rising leader, it was revealed yesterday.

Siptu general secretary Joe O'Flynn made the announcement at a ceremony to mark the 90th anniversary of James Connolly's execution.

A badly injured Connolly was strapped to a chair and executed by a British Army firing squad.

He had been acting general secretary of Siptu's predecessor the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union.

Siptu's National Executive Council said the exact size of its investment would be determined after further meetings with the producers.

O'Flynn added: "James Connolly was passionately committed to organising workers."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 13, 2006
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