Our comrade Peter Coules has lost his battle with cancer. He died surrounded by his family. Peter was highly intelligent, well-read and cultured. He could empathise with his fellows. These characteristics made him popular and good company. When added to his being working class they made him a socialist.
The economic crash followed by the austerity imposed by the government on the ordinary people of Ireland to pay off the debts of the rich were for Peter Coules a call to arms, He joined the Socialist Workers Party and People Before Profit.
Peter was an active and committed member of the Dublin South branch of both organisations. Until his illness made political activity impossible, Peter could always be relied upon to deliver on the work of the branch – you could tell his house by the stack of recent posters and cable-ties by the porch.
His imput into political discussion in the branch was very fine – his grasp of Marxist ideas, and his ability to relate them to everyday experiences were really wonderful; you knew that when Peter indicated he wanted to speak, what he had to say would be worth listening to.
That he cannot share in the bliss of the rediscovered rising militancy of our class, our people, would be a matter of deep regret to him. But he lives on in the struggle and in our hearts.
Cllr Nicky Coules and Mary Smith.