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Waterford News & Star 25/5/1923

Mr. James Larkin in Dungarvan

Mr. James Larkin addressed a large Labour meeting on the Square, Dungarvan, on Wednesday.  The Labourers marched in a body from the Town Hall, a piper playing, the men proceeding four deep.  Mr. Butler T.D. presided, and introduced the speakers, among whom were Messrs T. Ryan, Waterford, and Organiser Baird, Belfast.

Mr. Larkin who was received with cheers, recounted the early efforts of his to forward the cause of the labourers in England, Scotland, and Wales, also in Belfast, and then in Dublin. In speaking of Belfast, he said there were 870 men, 320 women and 139 children shot down by special constables.  Referring to the political situation, he said that Mr. de Valera made certain proposals and the Premier replied: he said the republicans must swear allegiance to the English King.  But many Kings had lost their jobs, and King George may lose his, too, before very long.  In the Dail there were 36 men, and of these, twenty hold office, and this without getting back to their constituents.  The farmers made millions by the blood lust during the war, and they want to cut down the men’s wages now.  There were 85 million pounds in the banks, but the labourers had none of it.  He called on them to have peace, to strengthen the union, and work for a worker’s republic.

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