In June 1979 the James Larkin Memorial Statue was unveiled on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

The 21 foot tall statue by sculptor Oisín Kelly captures much of the power and determination of the Labour leader and life-long socialist.

Dublin has a new landmark. James Larkin, arms out stretched in characteristically defiant mood, has joined the national heroes O'Connell and Parnell in the main street of the capital.

The statue stands close to the William Martin Murphy owned Imperial Hotel, now Clery's Department Store. This is the spot on which Larkin defied a police ban on 31 August 1913 and spoke from the balcony to a group of strikers. What followed was a savage police baton charge on the workers and passers-by in what has become known as Bloody Sunday. 

The unveiling of the statue was officiated by President Patrick Hillery who described Larkin as one of the great men of our race.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 June 1979. The reporter is by Dermot Keogh.