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2013 Annual Conference of the Irish Labour History Society October 17, 2013

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ILHS Annual Conference Saturday 2nd November 2013
(Outline Programme)

The 1913 Lockout

Venue – ILHS Museum, Beggars Bush, Dublin.

9.30am Registration & tea/coffee

10.00am Opening: Ms. Joan Burton T.D., Minister for Social Protection and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

10.15 – 10.45am The Dublin Lockout in History & Imagination: An Overview.
Speaker: Professor Gary Granville

10.45 -11.15am ‘An International Perspective: How international was Larkinism? How British was Larkin?’ Speaker: Dr. Emmet O’Connor

11.15am- 12.45pm

Preludes from the Provinces

• ‘The Cork strike and lockout of 1909: The causes and consequences of an unknown episode in Irish labour history’. Speaker: Mr. Luke Dineen
• The Wexford Lockout of 1911 – Speaker: Dr. Conor McCabe
• ‘Two militant employers: Arthur Jackson and “Máirtín Mór” McDonogh’ – Speaker: Dr. John Cunningham

1pm Lunch

2.00pm Oral Histories – Dr. Mary Muldowney

2.30pm The Role & Development of the Citizen Army – Dr. Ann Matthews

3pm Legacy of the Lockout – Panel Discussion:
Speakers t.b.c.

5pm Conference Concludes

Admission €5: (Includes Tea/Coffee & Sandwiches)

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1. Conor McCabe - October 17, 2013

Just to state that due to the presence of Joan Burton I will no longer be speaking at this event.

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CMK - October 17, 2013

Fair play, Conor and brave. You’d think that the presence of a Labour minister who plans to have the cops harrass low paid workers to ensure these workers are not on social welfare, would be problematic. But, apparently not.

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WorldbyStorm - October 17, 2013

+1 CMK

I wish more people were as principled Conor as you are.

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RosencrantzisDead - October 17, 2013

+1 Good job, Conor.

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doctorfive - October 17, 2013

+1

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que - October 17, 2013

+1 maith thu Conor

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Ghandi - October 17, 2013

Fair play Conor,

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micheal2og - October 17, 2013

Lovely Hurling, Conor!

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Ciarán - October 17, 2013

Fair play to you Conor. I have to admit that when I get the letter with programme in it I was taken aback to see her name at the top.

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2. Joe - October 17, 2013

I know one member of the ILHS who is very annoyed that Ms Burton has been invited to open the conference.

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Joe - October 17, 2013

Cross posting. Make that two!

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Jolly Red Giant - October 17, 2013

Three

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3. Mark P - October 17, 2013

Who made the decision to invite her?

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WorldbyStorm - October 17, 2013

That’s a very good question. Who indeed. What were they thinking of?

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Mark P - October 17, 2013

It seems almost wilfully provocative.

(Also, good man Conor)

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ejh - October 17, 2013

Could booing be arranged?

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Joe - October 17, 2013

Ah now. Steady on. 🙂

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que - October 17, 2013

Will someone ask her for ID?

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4. Ambrose Trappe - October 17, 2013

Burton’s husband Pat Carroll is a committee member of the ILHS, there were only a minority of the committee at the meeting that made the decision.

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Mark P - October 17, 2013

I’m not aware of the politics of all of the other speakers, but there are at least a couple of other leftists there. Perhaps they might be willing to join Conor in pushing back against that decision?

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BB - October 17, 2013

Yes, better to approach this as a collective rather than a singular heroic act. Invite other leftists to issue a joint statement of protest seeking the removal of Joan Burton and the prospects of boycott should this not happen instead.

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5. Seán Byers - October 17, 2013

For what it’s worth, I’m another member of the ILHS and would not be prepared to attend unless Burton is removed from the programme. I’d be happy to put my name to any statement to that effect, as I’m sure would others

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6. Fintan Lane - October 17, 2013

Well done to Conor McCabe for withdrawing – let’s hope the other speakers do likewise unless Joan Burton is uninvited forthwith. I wrote to the secretary of the Irish Labour History Society on the day that this programme was issued to express my anger and to ask that the invitation be withdrawn. I mean, for pity’s sake, it’s a conference on the 1913 lockout; today’s Irish Times reported Joan Burton as saying she intends to place Garda checkpoints in industrial estates to catch alleged dole ‘cheats’ as they head to work…seriously, the Gardai will be randomly checking people in ‘industrial estates’ but, er, not outside, say, the IFSC or Bank of Ireland. Not to mention her slashing of social welfare benefits in the Budget: as we all know, she’s cut unemployment benefits to those under 25 by more than a third. Not every 23-year-old has affluent parents to give them a dig out, but this measure shows no understanding whatsoever of the reality of life in places like Finglas, Ballymun, Knocknaheeny, etc. etc. And she’s speaking at a conference on the 1913 lockout? It’s a history conference and should remain so; this is making it a political platform for the Labour Party and one of its most prominent austerity enforcers. It’s not right.

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Conor McCabe - October 17, 2013

Thanks Fintan, I appreciate that. and I agree completely with your comments. It’s giving a government minister a platform and a kind of ‘innocent by association’ status – as if she’s not in a position of considerable power in this country, and not using that power to benefit the professional managerial class she comes from.

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Pangur ban - October 17, 2013

The history of the labour movement is wider than the history of Labour Party. If a labour minister was, in happier circumstances announcing good news (the ending of job bridge for example) should she be a keynote speaker at an ILHS event?
Personally I don’t think so
Interestingly when Quinn was on the committee in the eighties I don’t think he ever appeared at a society event of this nature.

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7. Fintan Lane - October 17, 2013

There is no shortage of people – in both the ILHS and LP – who implicitly believe the Irish Labour History Society to be the history department of the Labour Party (and SIPTU). It’s a problem. Incidentally, it’s worth remembering that the Labour Party has no direct connection to the 1913 lockout, so even that weak justification doesn’t apply here.

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8. CB - October 17, 2013

Well done Conor, Fintan and Sean. Perhaps others giving talks could be approached to ask them to join Conor in pulling out? I would be surprised if John C. and Mary M. refused to do the same.

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sonofstan - October 18, 2013

I’d be cautious about this. Research is lonely, hard work, and the chances to present in a sympathetic environment is rare in most subjects – to put pressure on people to withdraw from something like this is asking a lot more than asking people simply to go on strike for a day – especially true for those not in permanent academic employment for whom conferences are a huge part of the CV building process towards the possibility of some security.

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Seán Byers - October 18, 2013

It is much easier for someone like me to refuse to attend than it is for the speakers to withdraw. I support Conor’s decision and have written to Kevin to explain why. I am not in a position to put pressure on any of the other speakers to withdraw. I think that has to be left to individual preference/conscience. But again I would lend my support to anyone choosing to do. Having recently completed my research apprenticeship at the University of Ulster, I am in need of secure employment as much as anyone. However, certain principles trump opportunities for ‘networking’ and adding to my CV

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9. PaulHand - October 17, 2013

Well done Conor. The ILHS needs to know that people wont take the Labour Party’s disgraceful policies lying down. Hopefully she does not attend the conference.

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