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Citizens Lockout radio series recalls 1913

1 of 1 Big Jim Larkin is recalled in the second programme in the Citizens Lockout series on RTÉ Radio 1
Big Jim Larkin is recalled in the second programme in the Citizens Lockout series on RTÉ Radio 1

Citizens Lockout, RTÉ Radio 1, 6.05pm. This evening the second episode in a six part documentary series, Citizens Lockout continues its discussion on the events that led to the landmark labour versus capital conflict in Dublin in 1913. 

In last week's programme, authors James Curry, Mark O’Brien and Felix Larkin discuss William Martin Murphy, the Irish journalist, businessman and politician. A Member of Parliament representing Dublin from 1885 to 1892, Murphy was nicknamed "William Murder Murphy" among Dublin workers, due to his harsh, unyielding response to the workers' protests.

Concerned that the trade unions would destroy his Dublin tram system, Murphy had marshalled Dublin employers against the trade unions led by James Larkin, which culminated in the Lockout.

The series examines the beliefs of the leaders on both sides and questions the legacy of Lockout 1913 for Ireland today. Historians and writers including Padraig Yeates, Diarmaid Ferriter, Emmet O’Connor, Francis Devine and Mary Daly take part.

In the second episode, Bread & Roses 1913, the elements and characters that dominate the six month Lockout are coming into place with the growing strength of Larkin’s new Irish union the Irish Transport and General Workers Union.

Labour historian Francis Devine brings to life the songs and stories of the labour movement from 1911-1913, including ballads written by Connolly himself and the song which became the anthem of the workers Who Fears to Wear the Red Hand Badge.

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