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Padraic Kenna and Alan Sheerins Development of Irish Housing 1900 - 1970s;
Donal Ó Drisceoil Sex and socialism: the class politics of immorality in pre-First-World-War Ireland;
Gerry Watts The Battle for Liberty Hall;
David Convery From Misfit to Anarchist: The impact of the Spanish Civil War on Captain J.R.White;
Therese Moylan 'She did it properly': Women in the hotel and catering industry, 1926-1971;
Tish Gibbons Trade union recognition in late 20th century Ireland;
Francis Devine The Catholic Workers' College: Some Data From 1951-1961;
Mary Muldowney Labour Lives, no. 17: Michael Enright;
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Francis Devine 'Hearing the Children Weeping': Samuel Monro, 1846-1925, President, Belfast Trades Council & British TUC;
Gerard Madden Bishop Michael Browne of Galway and Anti-Communism, 1937-1976;
Sinéad Ní Choncubhair Brendan Corish: a life in politics, 1945-1977;
Aidan Seery and Liam McKenna, S. J. The Catholic Workers' College Dublin: a personal history;
Ida Milne Gender, hierarchies and change: an oral history of Independent Newspapers since the 1960s;
Mary Jones Essay: Working lives;
James Curry Labour lives, no. 16 Rosie Hackett, 1893-1976;
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Margaret Brehony Free labour and 'whitening' the nation: Irish migrants in colonial Cuba;
Ciaran Mulholland and Michael Walker 'Our cause is a just one': trade union organization in Irish asylums, 1896-1917;
Denis Foley On tour and exiled: James Connolly, 1902-1905;
Padraig G. Lane Daniel Corkery and the Cork working class;
John Newsinger 'The duty of Social Democrats in this labour unrest': Justice, the British Socialist Party and the Dublin Lockout of 1913;
Padraig Yeates 'An injury to one is the concern of all': Dublin port, the Namebook, the 1913 Lockout and the sympathetic strike;
Caitriona Clear Woman's Life magazine and women's lives in Ireland in the 1950s;
Brian Hanley 'The needs of the people': the IRA considers its future, 1967-68;
Michael J. Quinn The Ireland-USSR Society, 1966-92;
Michael Dwyer Abandoned by God and the Corporation: Housing and the health of the working class in Cork City;
D.R. O'Connor Lysaght Essay: From the GPO to the Winter Palace: How a workers' revolution was lost and how a workers' revolution was won;
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Irish History of Trade Unions

The history of Irish trade unions stretches back into the eighteenth century, when local societies were established in the cities to represent craftsmen such as bricklayers, butchers and printers. From about 1889 a new type of union began to emerge in Ireland, aimed at organising the mass of skilled workers. Separate unions covering dockers, railwaymen and general workers were established in these years.

The Irish Trade Union Congress (ITUC) was founded in 1894. Its stated aim was to act as the collective voice of organised Irish labour. New unions began to establish themselves from 1907, with the arrival in Ireland of James Larkin as an organizer for the British dockers' union. Two years later he established the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union (ITGWU).

Please click on the links below for more on the following Irish Trade unions:

Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) (49 KB pdf)

Irish Bank Officials' Association (IBOA) 90 Years of Progress (213 KB pdf)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) (60 KB pdf)

Irish National Teachers Association (INTO) (47 KB pdf)

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) (50 KB pdf)

Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (49 KB pdf)

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