6 August 2017
By Tom Collins
The Green Party in Cork gathered this morning at memorial on South Mall to remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bomb.
The party gathered at 8:15am, the exact time that the first atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on 6 August, 1945 killing 150,000 people. Three days later on 9 August, 1945, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki killing at 11:01am 75,000 people.
The party laid flowers at the memorial and Mary Ryder, the secretary of the Cork Greens and a member of the Green Party National Executive, delivered the following short reflection:
“We gather to remember those who died 72 years ago at 8:15 in the morning. The first dropping of a nuclear bomb changed the progress of the war and the way we have looked at war ever since. These are dangerous times. We must keep doing what we are doing to promote safety in the world and to reduce the risk to life on Earth from nuclear weapons. This must never happen again.”
The Green Party in Cork mark the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima annually. The memorial was laid at South Mall in 1984.