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Dublin police demand increased wages
Members of the DMP waiting in a Dublin backstreet during a labour demonstration in 1913. The DMP have cited their loyalty during the Lockout as a reason for their wage demands Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 13 Sept 1913

Dublin police demand increased wages

Dublin, 21 July 1916 - Police in Dublin have demanded an immediate increase in their wages.

The demand was made at a meeting of members of the Dublin Metropolitan Police in the Foresters’ Hall on Parnell Square last night. The meeting passed a resolution calling for an immediate pay increase ‘to bring the present inadequate rate of pay up to a living wage’.

The background to the pay demands is the climbing cost of living in Ireland, with wages entirely failing to keep pace with the inflation of the price of basic goods. In support of their pay claim, the policemen have pointed out the loyalty they have shown to the state during the Easter rebellion and, indeed, during the Lockout in 1913.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.