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Galway - Event Notice
Thursday January 01 1970

Galway Trades Council Centenary Commemoration

category galway | history and heritage | event notice author Thursday May 19, 2011 22:17author by John Cunningham - GalwayTradesCouncilCentenaryCteeauthor email john.cunningham at nuigalway dot ie Report this post to the editors

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Galway Trades Council was established following the annual meeting of the Irish Trade Union Congress in the Town Hall during June 1911. Strikes and lock-outs ensued as Galway workers fought for respect as well as for improved wages and conditions. The Trades Council returns to the Town Hall where it was established on 8 June for a varied programme of events, which will celebr

7. 15 Welcoming address from Helen Cousins, president Galway Council of Trades Unions

7.30 Short historical talks chaired by Brendan Fox, past president Galway Council of Trades Unions
(i) Theresa Moriarty on MARY GALWAY of Belfast, a pioneer of women’s trade unionism in Ireland, who spoke with Jim Larkin at large public meeting, Eyre Square, 6 June 1911.
(ii) John Cunningham on Establishment of Galway United Trades & Labour Council, following Irish Trade Union Congress meeting in Town Hall, 5, 6, 7 June 1911

Born in Lancashire, Lynch was in the GPO in 1916, was union organiser in Galway (ITGWU & ATGWU), Labour TD for Galway, 1927, & subsequently ATGWU Irish Regional Secretary & Irish Trade Union Congress president.

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