Seamus Heaney and other poets protest at the hanging of Benjamin Moloise.

Poet and factory-worker Benjamin Moloise was hanged in 1985, having been convicted of killing a policeman in South Africa.  He was a supporter of the outlawed African National Congress (ANC), who claimed responsibility for the murder, but denied his involvement. The execution drew worldwide condemnation. In Ireland the Dunnes strikers were joined outside the Henry St branch by poets and artists in a demonstration organised by Poetry Ireland.

In this RTÉ News report, poet Seamus Heaney says that South Africa needs an informed conscience. South African Thobeka Mjolo believes that poets have a right to their opinions. Striker Cathryn O’Reilly thinks it’s great to see support from such a broad circle of people.