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Jim Larkin was one of Ireland’s greatest champions of workers’ rights and he was present during the 1913 Strike and Lockout. Oisin Kelly’s 1980 statue sees the great trade unionist in typically combative mode.
Standing well over six feet tall, trade union leader 'Big Jim' James Larkin was an imposing figure in more ways than one. He is perhaps best known today for his pivotal role in the 1913 Dublin Lockout, where he fought for the rights of unskilled workers to unionise, coining the phrase "A fair day's work for a fair day's pay".
Oisín Kelly's statue stands with arms outstretched, its pose taken from an iconic photograph of Larkin addressing a Dublin crowd in 1923. Completed in 1978, the statue's unveiling had to be delayed for a year until a piece of granite large enough for the plinth could be found!
Read more here about Liberty Hall, the headquarters of Larkin's Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU).
Written by Enda Walsh, narrated by Stephen Rea.