Blog Archive | 2014

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


The Myth of Gender Equality

Posted on February 19, 2014

Second of a programme of lectures on the Irish Revolution by The People's College. Dr. Ann Matthews lecture is entitled The Myth of Gender Equality, Women revolutionaries in The Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan in the rising of 1916

The years of the Irish Revolution were also transformative years for Irish women. Women nationalist revolutionaries played a central role in the Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War. In some quarters the anti-Treaty activists in Cumann na mBan were blamed for the 1922-23 conflict. Citizen Army women in particular have long been held up as models of gender equality. Historian Ann Mathews questions this assumption.

Dr. Ann Mathews lectures in NUI Maynooth. She is specialist on women's history in early 20th century Ireland, especially during the Irish revolution and its aftermath. She is the author of Renegades Irish Republican Women 1900-1922 and 'Dissidents' Irish Republican Women 1923-41.


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Emasculation of rights – a presentation in time-lapse

Posted on February 17, 2014

The following lecture was given by Tom Wall on the 6th of February 2014 in Congress House

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‘From A Hermitage to Harlem’

Posted on February 12, 2014

This is the first of a programme of lectures on the Irish Revolution by The People's College. Brian Crowley's lecture posed the question of why Patrick Pearse, one of the leading cultural nationalists and educationalists of his day, was willing to support Home Rule in 1914 but at Easter 1916 was proclaimed the President of the Irish Republic declared by the republican insurgents.

The lecture was delivered in the INTO building on Parnell Square on the 5th of February 2014.

Brian Crowley is the curator of the Pearse Museum in St Enda's in Rathfarnham in Dublin.

He is the author of Patrick Pearse -- A Life in Pictures.



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