Labour – a selection of essays

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Building Democracy: The Johnson Years by Brendan Halligan

Building Democracy:  The Johnson Years
By Brendan Halligan

Born in Liverpool, Tom Johnson moved to Ireland in the 1890s and became one of the most important Labour and Trade Union activists in the country.

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Five Days in Labour Party History By Brendan Halligan

Snapshots:  Five Days in Labour Party History
By Brendan Halligan

In 1978, The Irish Times  published a series of essays by Brendan Halligan about Irish Labour Party History, from Labour’s landmark decision to stand aside and permit Sinn Féin to contest the 1918 General Election to the disappointing results of the much anticipated 1970 elections.

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Altiero Spinelli:  A tribute By Brendan HalliganAltiero Spinelli:  A tribute

By Brendan Halligan

One of the founding fathers of the European Union, Altiero Spinelli was a co-author of the historic Ventotene Manifesto, an influential figure in the European federalist movement and later a member of the European Commission, and MEP.  This paper explores the man, his personal story and his success as a European innovator and facilitator.

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Brendan Corish:  a Tribute By Brendan Halligan

Brendan Corish:  a tribute
By Brendan Halligan

One of the great contemporary Irish Labour leaders , Brendan Corish was a man both revered and admired by his peers.  Here Brendan Halligan pays tribute to him as a consummate parliamentarian, a skilled debator and orator, an industrious committee man, but above all, a  charismatic leader.

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BH-Achiev-Social-200x300From the archive:  The Achievement of Socialism
By Brendan Halligan

This piece, written in 1983 at a time of extreme challenge for the Irish Labour Party, was based on a contribution made by Halligan to the Dublin Regional Council symposium (June 1983) about the future of the party, with particular reference to the importance of its commitment to coalition.

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Justin Keating:  a tribute By Brendan Halligan

Justin Keating:  a tribute
By Brendan Halligan

A tribute to one of Ireland’s best known figures, Justin Keating, who was a key figure in the new Labour Party created by Brendan Corish in the 1960s and served as Minister for Industry and Commerce in the National Coalition Government from 1973–77.

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A Tribute to Michael O’Leary
By Brendan Halligan

Michael O’Leary, former Labour Party Leader, Minister and TD, died in France on 11th May 2006, just three days after his seventieth birthday.

His career in Labour politics occupied just two decades of a long and colourful life, yet they defined the man. lt is for those years he will be best remembered, not just as a successful Labour politician and Minister but as an enigma.

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