THE Workers’ Party has marked International Women’s Day with a call from Cllr Ted Tynan for the dedication of memorial plaque to a pioneering Cork woman who devoted her entire life to the struggle for women’s rights and better conditions for workers in the United States and internationally.
Mary Harris Jones, better known as “Mother Jones” was born in Blarney Street, Cork in 1837. To this day she remains an iconic figure in the history of the US trade union and women’s movements.
Cllr Tynan said that it was incredible that Mary Harris’s native city has never commemorated her and he said he will be putting down a motion to Cork City Council calling for a memorial plaque to be placed on Blarney Street to mark the street where Mother Jones was born.
“There are many memorials, street-names and plaques in Cork commemorating famous men who were born in the city, but apart from the Nano Nagle Bridge, there is hardly anything to remember the city’s famous women.
“Mary Harris Jones is an internationally renowned woman who spent her life working for the betterment of working people and women in particular. It is time that we remembered her here in the city where she was born”, said Cllr Tynan.