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Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. David Begg - Lockout 1913

Posted on September 25, 2013

Jim Larkin

Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. David Begg

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

I welcome David Begg to the House, it is a pleasure to have the General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions here. It is important to mark the 1913 Lock-out centenary in this way and that we speak also about its relevance to modern Ireland. I had to propose to a previous meeting of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges that Mr. Begg would address us, and it is great that he is here to do so. As the Leader has said, we have gone one better than the Lower House in our approach to marking the centenary.

I am personally delighted because I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Begg on the TASC democracy commission, which I view as a precursor to the constitutional convention in the sense that we looked at issues around participation in democracy and encouraging greater participation by young people in particular. We did important work on that issue.
Mr. Begg has given a wonderful, clear and comprehensive overview of the complex history and the context of the Lock-out. There is no doubt it was a tragedy and a defeat. As Mr Begg mentioned, it was effectively an unconditional surrender and a betrayal of the working classes who had united in solidarity behind the charismatic and strongly revered Jim Larkin. Of course, he was equally loathed by those on the other side and, in many ways, he became a divisive figure. The Lock-out has achieved an iconic status and it was undoubtedly a pivotal moment in Irish history. One strand of historical work focuses on the personality of Larkin and the relationship he had with other leaders, such as Connolly and O'Brien. That highlights the splits and divide in the trade union movement which Mr. Begg described as a kind of civil war, which is one of enduring effects after 1913. That is only one interpretation of 1913 and it is often the interpretation of those who take an anti-trade union perspective. However, there is another important take on the Lock-out that has left a more lasting legacy to which Mr. Begg alluded. The widespread and common perception of 1913 is that it was a brutal put-down by a ruthless employer, William Martin Murphy, and his allies, of workers and their families who were living in appalling conditions and in starvation. Those conditions are so far removed, happily, from current circumstances that it is often hard to see the relevance. There is a renewed interest in the social context of the Lock-out. One only has to look at the revived interest in Strumpet City and recent cultural events, including the reopening of the house on Henrietta Street, the television programmes about tenement life and people's living conditions, and recent dramas in the fringe festival and in Dublin City Hall for culture night to see that.

All of these events have focused on people's living conditions at the time and the impact of the employers' tactics on women and children, in particular.

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RTE Radio 1 - Legacy 1913-2013 what is the legacy of the Lockout today and how has it shaped Irish society?

Posted on September 14, 2013

Jim Larkin

In case you missed it, you can listen back to this radio programme, the final episode of a documentary series narrating the events that led to the landmark labour versus capital conflict in Dublin in 1913. I was delighted to participate as the 1913 Lockout is commemorated.

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/citizens-lockout-1913-to-2013/

Episode 6 - Legacy 1913-2013

Tonight: Legacy 1913-2013 what is the legacy of the Lockout today and how has it shaped Irish society?

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Order of Business: Direct Provision, Protection of Life Bill

Posted on July 10, 2013

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Call for a debate on homophobia - draconian Russian laws (Order of Business)

Posted on June 18, 2013

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Order of Business

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Collective Bargaining - Lecture series at the People's College, Dublin

Posted on March 24, 2013

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The Right to Collective Bargaining

I was pleased to be invited to speak as part of the series of lectures organised by The People's College, Dublin on Collective Bargaining. Here is a You Tube link as I spoke with students and guests on the right to collective bargaining and on the shape of pending Government legislation.

http://www.peoplescollege.ie/about/blog/2014/03/25/the-right-to-collective-bargaining/

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Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Section 37.1)

Posted on March 13, 2013

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Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013: Second Stage

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Senator Ivana Bacik: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the Employment Equality (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2013. I welcome the Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, and thank her for taking the Bill on behalf of the Government.

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Senator Bacik asks for the remit of the ASAI to be extended

Posted on June 28, 2012

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Order of Business Thursday, 28 June 2012

Senator Ivana Bacik: I know the Leader will address the issue of the insolvency Bill. I do not think there will be any difficulty about sitting longer to have that debate. I said previously that the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality report on the insolvency Bill, following two days of hearings, would be a useful topic for debate.

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Senator Bacik seeks specific debate on Regulation of Advertising in light of Youth Defence's most recent billboard campaign

Posted on June 27, 2012

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Order of Business

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Senator Ivana Bacik: I welcome the imminent publication of the personal insolvency Bill on which it would be a good idea to receive a briefing. If a briefing is provided for Senators, I ask that we are circulated a copy of the report of the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on the personal insolvency legislation. The report made a number of recommendations and includes a full transcript of our hearings with stakeholders and interested parties. It would inform our debate on the Bill.

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Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2012: Committee and Remaining Stages

Posted on May 02, 2012

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Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2012: Committee and Remaining Stages

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Senator Ivana Bacik: I welcome the members of the Humanist Association of Ireland who are in the Gallery and I thank them very much for their help and support with this legislation.

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Senator Bacik speaking on water charges, and calling for a debate on the forthcoming merger of the Equality Authority and IHRC

Posted on April 24, 2012

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Order of Business

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

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