Sunday 22 January 2017

How the church put itself before needs of starving children in 1913

Published 26/08/2013 | 17:00

Union leader ‘Big’ Jim Larkin is led away by police after his arrest during the Dublin Lockout
Union leader ‘Big’ Jim Larkin is led away by police after his arrest during the Dublin Lockout

APLAN to evacuate famished children from tenements and send them to homes with food on the table was wrong. But starving their parents into submission during the Dublin Lockout was not wrong.

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Labourers protesting against a harsh working environment, casualisation and subsistence rate pay was wrong. But an indifferent Establishment keeping them in squalid conditions was not wrong.

Workers' rallies were wrong. But unleashing the Dublin Metropolitan Police to baton-charge strikers, or torturing a union official to death in a police cell, was not wrong.

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