IFJ Congress event celebrates role of women in trade union movement

The contribution of the women who took part in the 1913 Lockout was celebrated

at the IFJ World Congress Sisters in Union event tonight, an informal reception

hosted by the Irish Executive Council.

This year is the centenary of the 1913 Lockout, a seminal event in the

history of the Irish and international labour movement, and the reception, held

in the unique setting of the Teachers' Club in Dublin, marked the important

role played by women in the event which sowed the seeds for the Irish trade

union movement.

Speaking at the event, IFJ General Secretary, Beth Costa, "said: "This was a

great event to mark the important role of women in the trade union movement in

Ireland and across the world."

Mary Maher of the NUJ was joined by leading women activists to recall the

work of women such as Delia Larkin, herself a journalist and a true hero of

1913. Delegates enjoyed music, song and poetry and the opportunity to gather

with old colleagues before the hard work of World Congress 2013 gets underway.

Speaking about the history of the 1913 Lockout, NUJ Ireland Secretary Seamus

Dooley, said: "The strike is often depicted as a battle between two

giants, James Larkin, leader of the workers and William Martin Murphy, a press

baron and entrepreneur with extensive business interests, including the city

trams," said NUJ General Secretary Seamus Dooley.

''Larkin however would be the first to acknowledge the contribution of

brothers and sisters who stood with him in defence of the downtrodden workers

and families condemned to a life of misery and degradation in what was then a

slum city."

You can view all the pictures of the above event HERE.

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