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?