SIPTU should save Emmet Hall from substantial alterations - Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD
Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called on SIPTU to consider purchasing its forerunner’s, ITGWU, building in Inchicore, the Emmet Hall, 122/122a Emmet Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8, which is due to be substantially altered if An Bord Pleanála upholds the planning permission granted for substantial development of the site and the building.
Sinn Féin’s Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD in whose constituency Emmet Hall lies said:
“It would be appropriate given its strong links to the labour history of Ireland that the Union purchase the building on its own or in conjunction with others e.g, Dublin City Council or the OPW, and use part of it as was done over 100 years ago to promote trade unionism in the area.
"Emmet Hall played a central role in the Lock Out and in preparation for the 1916 Rising and also an important part in the cultural life of Inchicore and was used for sport, socials, céilithe and Irish classes until it closed as a hall in the late 1920s.”
The building was first purchased by ITGWU leader Jim Larkin in 1913 for use as a union hall. The future city councillor William Partridge was the first manager of the hall and he ensured that during the Lock Out the hall was central to the activities of the local locked out Tram workers.
Inchicore was the centre-point of much of the disturbances by Scabs, the police and British Army as they attacked workers on pickets or on marches.
Another city Councillor Richard O’Carroll was severely injured when by Dublin Metropolitan Police battered their way into the Hall during the Lock Out on the night of August 31 1913.
When the Irish Citizen Army was formed in 1913, Michael Mallin nominated by James Connolly became its Chief-of-Staff and he used the hall to practise and drill the local ICA unit from 1914 until 1916.
In 1915 when Michael was appointed manager of the hall, his family lived above the hall and they remained there until after his execution after the 1916 Rising.
Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said:
“I am calling on the SIPTU union to consider purchasing the former Emmet Hall in Inchicore which the owner is currently seeking planning permission to substantially alter its historic fabric.
"This historic building should be preserved in recognition of its central role in both the labour and revolutionary movements of the early 20thCentury and not have its guts ripped out of it and three new three storey houses build in the yard where the Irish Citizen Army drilled just over 100 years ago.”