The Liberty Hall 1913 Lockout Commemoration Banner

The Liberty Hall 1913 Lockout Commemoration Banner

This is a photograph I took some months ago of Irelands former tallest building Liberty Hall, Dublin. The photo was taken during its four month long makeover to commemorate the ‘1913 Lockout’. The 50m banner is one of three based on the works of artists Robert Ballagh and Cathy henderson, draped over the East, South and west facades.

The ‘1913 Lockout’ was one of Irelands most significant and historic disputes that centered around 200,000 workers (led by Jim Larkin), 200 employers (led by WM Murphy) and the workers rights to unionize.

The ITGWU (Irish Transport and General Workers Union), led by Larkin, along with the Irish Socialist Republican Party, led by James Connolly (an Edinburgh born Marxist) established the rise of an organized workers movement eventually leading to the formation of the Irish Labour Party.

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