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Jim Larkin released from prison
Crowds gather to see Jim Larkin at Liberty Hall following his release from prison. Photo: Illustrated London News [London, England], 22 November 1913

Jim Larkin released from prison

Large crowds gather at Liberty Hall

Published: 13 November 1913

Jim Larkin has been released from Mountjoy Prison where he was being held following imprisonment for the use of seditious language last month. The release comes in the light of a widespread campaign against Larkin’s detention in Ireland and in England.

After his release, Larkin travelled to Liberty Hall and made a speech from first-floor windows to a large crowd that had gathered outside.

Larkin told the crowd that the government had been compelled to release him and that his advice was the same as it ever was: ‘Stand determined; you are going to win out!’

The speech was greeted with great cheering as Larkin told the crowd that the fight was only really starting now and that they were going to teach the government, Dublin Castle and the police a lesson.
In respect of William Martin Murphy and his fellow employers, he promised them that ‘they were going to sup sorrow with a long spoon’.

Most important of all was the fact that the current dispute was one between the great masses of the people and an elite of unscrupulous capitalists: ‘The present fight is the fight of a nation against a small clique.’

Referring to the arrival in Dublin of strike-breakers from England, Larkin said: ‘The great labour movement is not going to be stopped by a few imported blacklegs.’

Historian Padraig Yeates reflects on the events of Bloody Sunday in Dublin  in 1913 and James Larkin's role in it

Larkin also promised the spread across Britain of the labour agitation that has convulsed Dublin. He said he would light a fiery cross throughout England, Scotland and Wales, and that his mission now was to make sure that working people everywhere knew what was being done in Dublin.

After Larkin had spoken, James Connolly then addressed the crowd, saying that the battle would continue until the union had won and had shown everybody that they would rule the roost in Dublin and then across Ireland.

He said that they now had their leader back and they were about to demonstrate and to picket like they had never done before. He warned the police that if they tried to push them off the streets they would be met with strikes the like of which had never been seen before.


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