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State pays its first tribute to 1913 Lockout

THE first-ever official State commemoration of the 1913 Lockout will take place in Dublin this summer.

THE Government is making arrangements which will involve the State in a major event to mark the centenary of the dramatic events that shook the city for almost six months.

One-third of the population suffered severe hardship after employers locked out their workers in a widespread dispute stemming from efforts to curb the growth of trade unions.

Three people were killed and hundreds more injured by police baton charges in violent incidents during the dispute.

Author Padraig Yeates (66), a leading member of the 1913 Commemoration Committee, told the Herald the State has never taken an official role in commemorating the Lockout events. The official commemorations are likely to centre on the events of August 1913, when hundreds of people were injured when police baton-charged crowds on O'Connell Street, then known as Sackville Street


The previous night, two men died from blows from police batons in riots on Burgh Quay and Eden Quay.

A third man died after being batoned in his home in Foley Street during police raids that weekend.

The State commemoration will also officially acknowledge the role of the labour movement in the turbulent decade which followed and its role in securing Irish independence, said Mr Yeates.

An Post will be issuing commemorative stamps.