International Brigades 2007
Unveiling of Antos sculpture in memory of those who volunteered for the Spanish civil war.
Bob Doyle was the last surviving Irish Volunteer and Jack Jones who served with the British Battalion. Jack Jones was possibly the most powerful man in Britain when he ran the TGWU during the 60's.
13th Oct 2007
The International Brigades Commemoration Committee was pleased to erect their memorial to the 78 men born in Northern Ireland who participated in the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War. Memorial designed by Anto Brennan
Minister for Social Development in the NI Assembly speaking at the unveiling of the memorial 13th October 2007
Jones joined and served with the British Battalion of the XV International Brigade as the political commissar of the Major Attlee Company, and was seriously wounded at the Battle of the Ebro in 1938.
At October 2007 Bob was the last surviving Irish Brigadista.
Born 12 February 1916; died 22 January 2009
Lifelong political activist, one of the last survivors of the International Brigades which fought during the Spanish civil war.After being beaten up in a street fight in 1931, which left him with permanent damage in one eye, he joined the IRA, then, three years later, the leftwing Irish Republican Congress.
In January 1977 a Gallup opinion poll found that 54% of people believed that Jones was the most powerful person in Britain, ahead of the Prime Minister, and is held responsible by some in the Labour Party for being "the union leader that created the winter of discontent and 18 years of Conservative Party (UK) rule.",despite the fact that he had retired from the leadership of the TGWU in 1978, the year before the winter of discontent
James Larkin Jones 1913-2007. Leader TGWU with 2m members and International Brigade