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A New Lockout in Dublin?
North Wall in Dublin where the lockout is threatened. Photo: National Library of Ireland, LROY 11590

A New Lockout in Dublin?

Dublin, 10 November 1915 - A  serious new dispute between dockers and employers is now threatening to end in renewed strike action in Dublin.

The City of Dublin Company has refused the demands of dockers for wage increases and the response from the carters is to decline to handle material from the company’s boats. The Employers’ Federation met to discuss the question yesterday and have recommended that the carters be locked out. The employment of up to 3,000 men is at issue in the dispute, with negotiations now being undertaken to seek a resolution.

The threatened lockout comes as reports from America claim that Jim Larkin, the leading personality of the 1913 Lockout, is 'down on his luck’. Larkin has ended up in dispute with certain sections of Irish America, leading him to be described in one paper as a 'base, intolerant, perverted, fuming, raving, ranting hypocrite'.

Padraig Yeates discusses the outcome of the 1913 Lockout for the labour movement in Ireland and for its leader Jim Larkin.

[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.]


Century Ireland

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