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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Suffragette incident is celebrated

St Brigid’s sixth class pupils with Rosemary Raughter of Greystones Archaeological Society, Greystones Municipal District cathaoirleach Cllr Nicola Lawless, Martin Dodd, St Brigid’s principal Ms Costello, Wicklow County Council heritage officer Deirdre Burns and Wicklow County Council arts officer Jenny Sherwin
St Brigid’s sixth class pupils with Rosemary Raughter of Greystones Archaeological Society, Greystones Municipal District cathaoirleach Cllr Nicola Lawless, Martin Dodd, St Brigid’s principal Ms Costello, Wicklow County Council heritage officer Deirdre Burns and Wicklow County Council arts officer Jenny Sherwin
Greystones Municipal District cathaoirleach Cllr Nicola Lawless unveiling the plaque

Mary Fogarty

Pupils from St Brigid's National School gave a short dramatic presentation at the unveiling of a plaque last week, marking a clash between Suffragettes and the Chief Secretary of Ireland.

The plaque commemorating the incident was unveiled last Thursday at the marina.

The pupils were involved in a similar presentation at the La Touche Legacy Seminar, 2017. Refreshments were served afterwards at the Ridge Angling Club.

On October 25, 1910, two suffragettes, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Hilda Webb, accosted the Chief Secretary for Ireland on the pier at Greystones to protest the exclusion of women from the parliamentary franchise. The campaign for votes for women, which had begun a half century earlier, had intensified in Ireland with the establishment of the Irish Women's Franchise League (IWFL). The IWFL was impatient with the slow progress of the campaign and was willing to use 'non constitutional' methods in its demand for the vote.

The Irish Times reported the clash as no more than an 'amusing scene'. It wasn't until eight years later that the 'Representation of the People Act 1918' gave women over 30 the right to vote in a general election.

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