A small archive of material relating to a controversy that arose around a speech made by William Davin, Labour T.D.,
|Main Creator:||Davin, William 1890-1956|
The archive also includes a letter from Davin to L.J. Duffy dated 1st February 1935, in which he mentions he has been questioned by active Labour supporters about the 'alleged anti-clerical outlook of certain well-known men in the Labour and Trades Union movement' and his concern about the effect of this at the polls. At the end he expresses his view that some recent actions of particular people are 'part of a well considered plan to establish a Dictatorship inside the party'.
William Davin, in a speech in Kilkenny to the Catholic Truth Society, was critical of the Trade Union leadership in a recent Tramways strike, alleging lack of democracy in the organisation. This led to a heated dispute between different parts of the Labour Movement. Davin also railed against what he called 'a policy of poaching' and the increase in the number of unions, which was a cause of disagreement among workers and advantageous to employers. When criticised for his speech he robustly defended his views. The archive comprises copies of letters from various people in the Irish Labour Party and Trades Union movement, press statements and cuttings of journal and newspaper articles. The cuttings are from the national newspapers, The Kilkenny People, The Leader and The Irish Workers' Voice.
Amongst the correspondents are William Davin himself; L.J. Duffy (General Secretary of the Irish Labour Party); Eamonn Lynch (Secretary of the Irish Trade Union Congress); William O'Brien (from the Irish Transport & General Workers' Union); Thomas Lawlor (member of the Irish Labour Party); John T. O'Farrell (Irish Secretary of the Railway Clerks' Association) and his British equivalent A.G. Walkden.
Physical description: 34 items (1 folder).
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|MS 49,811/1-34||Manuscripts Reading Room||Books|
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