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Brother against Brother?

Posted on March 24, 2014

Seventh of a programme of lectures on the Irish Revolution by The People's College. John Dorney's lecture is entitled 'Brother against Brother' -- Political violence in the Irish Civil War 1922-23


Impact of EU Legislation

Posted on March 20, 2014

Blair Horan, former General Secretary of the CSPU, discusses the social and economical impact of EU Legislation on the Trade Union movement with students and guests.

Padraig Og O Ruairc on the Truce

Posted on March 18, 2014

In theory the truce declared on July 11, 1921 between Irish republican and British forces inaugurated a period of peace in Ireland that was concluded with the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty in 1921. In fact it saw continued political violence throughout the country and especially in the north-east as well as a spate of strikes and land agitation. The ‘truce’ period also concluded with the outbreak of civil war between Irish nationalists in late June 1922. Historian Padraig Og O Ruairc investigates the outbreak of peace and war in these months.


Reform of Industrial Relations in Ireland

Posted on March 12, 2014

Kevin Duffy from the Labour Court discusses the reforms of IR legislation and changes coming down the tracks for Irish workers and tells us how far IR has come in a relatively short period of time in Ireland.

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Pogrom to Civil War

Posted on March 10, 2014

The following lecture was given by Kieran Glennon and it covered the six north --eastern counties of Ireland separated from the rest in 1920-22 as it became Northern Ireland.

An autonomous part of the United Kingdom. During this period some 700 people died violently in the north-east of Ireland, predominantly in Belfast. This lecture will look at if this period was 'a pogrom' against innocent Catholics, as nationalists claimed, or a civil war between rival communities. Did unionist politicians organise mass assaults on Catholic civilians? Did IRA violence provoke unionists into reprisals? Conversely did the IRA protect the Catholic community in Belfast and elsewhere?

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Trade Unions and Economic Stability

Posted on March 05, 2014

Paul Sweeney, former Chief Economist at Irish Congress of Trade Unions gives our fourth lecture on The Role of Trade Unions in ensuring stable economic progress.

Paul discusses the wider macro economics and the choices made by successive Irish Governments in dealing with Unions and national pay agreements.

Labour Must Wait

Posted on March 05, 2014

Fourth of a programme of lectures on the Irish Revolution by The People's College. Emmet O'Connor's lecture is entitled " 'Labour Must Wait?' -- Workers, Unions and the Irish Revolution."

This lecture will discuss the role played by organised labour during the Irish revolution. One aspect of this is the building of a strong nationwide labour movement in the 1917-22 period after the disaster of the 1913 Lockout. The second aspect is the role organised workers played in the nationalist revolution, from the Citizen Army of 1916 to the General Strikes of 1918, 1920 and 1922 in pursuit of self-determination and 'Soviets' that sprang up around the country. Did labour take forward steps, or as De Valera is alleged to have said, did Labour have to wait?

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Revolution in Ireland 1918-21

Posted on February 25, 2014

People's College lecture on the Irish Revolution continues with  Dr. John Borgonovo's lecture is entitled 'Revolution in Ireland 1918-21 -- the political and military 're-conquest of Ireland' and British responses.'

Open Government or culture of secrecy?

Posted on February 25, 2014

On the 20th of February Eithne Fitzgerald spoke at the People's College about the Freedom of Information and how the legislation relates to Trade Unionism and the wider general public. 

Eithne opens the discussion with some background to the Freedom of Information and how the legislation has changed since it was introduced by her Dept in 1997, why it was introduced and how the legislation has opened up Government. 


Fraternality yours

Posted on February 19, 2014

Norine Greene and Mags O'Brien share their stories and experience in a lecture as part of our Trade Union Lecture Series


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