Dublin Municipal Elections, 1930 [Election Leaflet]
Organisation:Irish Worker League
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

26th June 2017

Many thanks to Tony Williams for forwarding this to both the Left Archive and Irish Election Literature. Produced on behalf of the Irish Worker League, which was the Larkin party, it outlines IWL candidates for the 1930 Dublin Municipal League.

The group was notable for its links to the Comintern and Moscow.

Avowedly working-class it outlines a range of issues on which the candidates are standing. These include Union Wages, Union Conditions, Security of Tenancy, Reduction of Municipal House Rents, the Continuance of Rent Restriction Act and Houses.

The candidates include Frank Cluskey, a Trade Union Secretary (Butchers), Hilary Williams a Bricklayer and John Sunderland a Railway Worker.

A very useful addition to the Archive. Any other materials from the Irish Worker League would be very welcome.


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  • By: irishelectionliterature Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:00:39

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  • By: oconnorlysaght Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:02:22

    Larkin’s Irish Worker League is not to be confused with various bodies called the Irish Workers’ Group. It was built around Larkin’s Irish Worker (hence the odd-sounding name). It had enjoyed the moscow franchise from 1924, but had pulled out of the Comintern in 1928, just before the Third World Congress. The candidates blessed by the Comintern in 1930 were Young Jim Larkin (elected) and Esther McGregor.

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  • By: Michael Carley Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:49:25

    Was the Frank Cluskey any relation?

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  • By: oconnorlysaght Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:34:01

    Yes, he would be the father of the future LP leaders

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  • By: oconnorlysaght Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:34:34

    Correction: ‘leader’.

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