Che Guevara to Get a Monument in Ireland

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The city of Galway in Ireland plans a monument to Ernesto “Che” Guevara de la Serna y Lynch. That last word in his full nomenclature accounts for the honor. Che’s maternal grandmother, Ana Isabel Lynch, was descended from Patrick Lynch of Galway, who emigrated to Argentina as a young lad in the mid-1800s.

The City Council in heavily unionized Galway, where the Labour Party holds a majority, approved the plans for the monument unanimously. But the monument to union-buster Che Guevara was proposed and championed by city Councillor Billy Cameron, who boasts of his credentials as a “trade union activist.”

Cuba’s Stalinist regime (that to this day outlaws trade unionism) will fund the trade union-championed monument.

“By no means can Cuban workers go on strike,” declared Cuba’s “Minister of Industries” on June 26, 1961. “Cuban workers must adjust to life in a collectivist social order.” This Minister of Industries, in case you haven’t guessed, was Ernesto Guevara de la Serna y Lynch, famous “son” of union-loving Galway.

Don’t look for this on NPR or The History Channel, much less in your college textbooks, but among the first, the most militant, and the most widespread opposition groups to the Stalinism Ernesto “Che”  Guevara imposed on Cuba came from Cuban labor groups.

And who can blame them? Here’s a report from the International Labor Organization on Cuba circa 1957: “One feature of the Cuban social structure is a large middle class,” it starts. “Cuban workers are more unionized (proportional to the population) than U.S. workers. The average wage for an 8-hour day in Cuba in 1957 is higher than for workers in Belgium, Denmark, France and Germany. Cuban labor receives 66.6 per cent of gross national income. In the U.S. the figure is 70 per cent, in Switzerland 64 per cent. 44 per cent of Cubans are covered by Social legislation, a higher percentage than in the U.S.”

In 1958, Cuba had a higher per capita income than Spain, Austria or Japan. Cuban industrial workers had the eighth-highest wages in the world. In the 1950s, Cuban stevedores earned more per hour than their counterparts in New Orleans and San Francisco.

For obvious reasons, thousands of these men took up arms against Che Guevara. The MRP (Movimiento Revolucionario del Pueblo) was among these Cuban resistance groups of mostly laborers. Here’s how the FBI and CIA described them: “Heavily weighted labor membership, with socialistic leanings. Aimed for Castro overthrow from within; advocated nationalization of economy, agrarian reform, social reform.”

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  • theleastthreat

    When visiting Galway, Ireland, remember to feed the pigeons.

    • Wingy

      I was hoping it would be a ‘commemorative outhouse” where donations to his memory could be made….

  • Linda Rivera

    Che Guevara: BURN IN HELL you filthy, demonic, mass murderer.

    • munin choudrey

      You go to hell bastard.

      Che was a hero to poor & oppressed. I even visited his place where ugly puppet regime killed him. You may be some Cuban who ran away w/ loot to settle in Miami. I hate Miami cubans. They are worthless republicans.

      See CHE by Director Steven Soderberg learn to stop doing dumb proganda.When I saw him in Havana I cried. I am not a latino but Indian who adores great CHE.

      VIVA CHE! Golway don't listen to freaking proganda by dumb business man from Miami. Please build CHE. I will send money too.

      • Omar

        You're wrong, Munin Choudrey. Che Guevara was a mass murderer, that's a fact. Most of the Cuban dissidents want to free Cuba through democratic means. The people who idolize Che are useful idiots. Read Mr. Fontova's books to learn real history.

  • BS77

    Most folks do not realize Che Guevara is a fake hero…..he was a thug, a killer and a coward. Cuba is a backward Stalinist prison camp….how many people have tried to flee? Thousands. How many tried to sneak t into Cuba? None.

    • Felix

      3 million and counting, 70 thousand drown in the sea searching for freedom

  • Linda Rivera

    Galway, Ireland's City Council show their FULL APPROVAL of Guevara's mass murder of Cuban innocents.

    Just how safe are the innocents of Galway?

  • VenerableBede

    Didn't him and Castro ban Christmas. A bit like that other Irish favourite Oliver Cromwell.

  • jacob

    If Romanians decide to erect a monument honoring COUNT DRACULA, what would these MIC's say ?

    It truly takes some chrome plated brass balls to come up with such monstrosity but then again, we have
    to take from where it comes….

  • Questions

    What's gotten into Paddy? It is said that Galway is the westernmost Irish city next to Boston. But this is extreme even for the unions in that country.

  • BS77

    Michael Savage said, "Liberalism is a mental disorder" We can see this in the idea for the Che statue. What a sick joke.

    • Omar

      Actually, a more accurate description of the topic would be "Radicalism and totalitarianism are mental disorders"

  • Wingy

    We need to erect a monument to Che in Miami….a commemorative OUTHOUSE where deposits can be left in his name….

  • rg samson

    Most people never read…you need an actual picture of him killing someone to get their attention.

  • Ghostwriter

    So,the city of Galway is going to honor Che Guevara with a statue. I can't think of ANYONE less deserving of the honor. I could think of ten Irish-Americans who deserve a statue in Ireland. One is Thomas Meagher. Never heard of him? I'm not surprised. He's not that well-known. He had fought for Ireland's freedom but he was caught by the British and sent to Australia. But he escaped from there and made his way to America. He fought in the Civil War and was made Governor of Montana. THAT is someone the city of Galway should honor,not Che Guevara who succeeded in nothing but killing innocent people.

  • Ann

    do they know he murdered thousands of people???do they know he murdered Poets,Actors and Writers and do they know he was in charge of a prison where he took glee in torture of people and he did unspeakable things that humans should be totally ashamed of!!! DO THEY KNOW???

    • Deninor

      They may know but they don't care. They have a higher different truth that does not need facts. Unfortunately

    • Gavin

      Hey I'm Irish and no I didn't know those things! Regardless I don't think Galway or Ireland are appropriate places for this monument.
      I must say tho that any research I've done on Che Guevara contradicts what you just stated ! But as I wasn't there I take most thing's I hear on the subject with a healthy dose of scepticism.
      I've noticed history tends to be written for who ever the audience is, im not sure how it's taught in the states but would be interested in finding out? That's not meant to be sarcastic but id really like to see how he is viewed in the states? Any american writers do much on the subject, or documentaries etc that I should have a read/watch of?

      • Omar

        That's because the research you have been looking at is filtered by the Cuban government. Mr. Fontova's books tell the truth about Che and Cuba. you can visit his website to see more information about his books.

  • richard sherman

    Tell Galway what you think at

  • puc

    Hey I have relatives in Galway. Remind yourselves of something. Ignorance is universal. There are just as many folks in Galway who are too mentally lazy to check out Guevara's real record as there are anywhere else in the world. The leftists in Galway like their colleagues everywhere are hopelessly attached to their leftist mythologies Che and all. What gives me real pause however, is how often we see such ignorance morph into malice.
    puc in Canada

  • BS77

    The statue is ugly..

    • Gavin

      Thats not the statue

  • Debanjan Banerjee

    America also has a monument called Mount Rushmore whereby racists , mass murders and warmongers i.e. people like George Washington (who owned slaves till his last day) , Abraham Lincoln (who openly said that a Negro is not equal to an Anglo-Saxon and was responsible for murdering millions in a civil war) , Theodore Roosevelt (the warmongering scoundrel) and Thomas Jefferson ( the slave owner and butcher of the native-Americans) is honored as statues.

    Now no one here raises an eyebrow about that.

    That is called hypocritical.

    • http://frontpage richard

      Those four great Americans are responsible along with our Constitution for the freedom you have to despise American values and culture..
      Since you do despise American values and culture so much, why don’t you move into a cave with the Taliban: a culture whose values I’m sure you idolize.

    • PDK

      De, if you really believe your BS illusion go live in Cuba, and do not come to, come back to, or ask anything of, the land of Wasington, Licoln, Jefferson or Roosevelt.
      Here is a little help for you if you wish to mature, you have cherry picked your facts, out of context, purposely targeting your conclusion of illusion.
      I think I hear the HUffington Post calling for you to return. Good luck. Thank you.

    • Impartial

      History is written by the victors

    • munin choudrey

      I agree w/ my fellow indian. Build great CHE. Any publicity is a good publicity. I have been to 76 countries never to Ireland. Now I will go to see CHE.

    • Omar

      You are an anti-American, Stalin/Mao worshipping communist who doesn't appreciate the freedom that the U.S. offers to the world. First of all, George Washington freed his slaves when he died. He also supported gradual emancipation for slaves (Check out Newsreal Blog for the truth about the Founding Fathers.) Abraham Lincoln was anti-slavery throughout his life and led the way for the 13th Amendment (Frederick Douglass was a strong Lincoln supporter). Thomas Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration of Independence stated that people were equal regardless of race, but he had to edit that out when he made the final draft in order to get the southern colonists to join the fight against the British. Theodore Roosevelt , who along with William McKinley, rescued Puerto Rico and Guam from the Spanish Empire during the War in 1898. These great Americans have done great deeds for our country. They did not support mass killings of civilians like Che Guevara, who killed 14,000 innocent Cubans at the La Cabana prison camps. Learn from real history.

  • tarleton

    This is no surprise , Ireland has been a kinda convention centre for terrorists ,supporting those morons in the IRA for 30 years

    • Michelle

      Completely lazy, un-researched tosh, shame on you.

    • Gavin

      You ignorant P**k, that was the the only way we could fight back against overwhelming odds you fool, id like to see how you react to your country being raped and pillaged for the best part of 800 years, you have the cheek to label us as terrorists!! you brainwashed idiot,
      morons like you are what is holding the human race back from advancing
      Praise the day your type die's out, maby then we can hope for a decent existence on this planet.

  • wjsullivanii

    Thomas Sowell writes: "History is what happened, not what we wish had happened or what a theory said should have happened." The romanticized view of Che is what people worldwide "wish" had happened- a humanitarian idealist, a foreigner only interested in justice, overthrowing the corrupt capitalist pigs and instituting a regime where social castes disappear. This dreamy tale was propagated by academics, too blind to see the implications of the terroristic execution of Cornelio Rojas (broadcast on television) or the Stalinesque show trials where it was universally found that executions were "necessary" regardless of substance. Academics too stupid to recognize the meaning of Che saying that he would use nuclear weapons against New York City- and the pseudo-intellectual cretins feign an interest in truth, only to be too damn dishonest to admit their past stupidity. As such, legions of mindless robots find him a hero, some of which adhere to revolutionary ideals, some of which are just entitled jokers eating the fruits of capitalism and never look past the Che image on their t-shirts to see that he despised everything that they are today.

    • Impartial

      Truth is you or me will never know what happened

  • Deninor

    I am not surprised to learn there are a large number of willfully ignorant there, in Galway. I was hoping we did not have a corner on the market. Thanks for the proof! Sad.

  • adg

    Revolutions are terrible and bloody where many actions are undertaken that would, ordinarily, be unthinkable. Guevara's legacy will be judged later when these passions have dimmed. But do not forget this was a man who believed in the freedom of mankind – to be free of exploitation by the few.
    Yes we are certain he oversaw executions but look closer at all those who overthrew systems of government – Washington, Collins, Bolivar. I doubt their records would prove any cleaner.

  • J.M. Becker

    Yes…, Tony Montana is a great example of fascist scum that fled Cuba. In your transparent attempt to smear Che, you forgot to cloak your endorsement of Batista. This is the simple fact, clear as crystal, the Cuban people were raped by Batista. Castro was your own creation, and until you accept this responsibility, you deserve to be in Miami.