Richard Guiney from the employers' body, the Dublin City BID, is trying to stop the commemoration of the 1913 Lockout and Bloody Sunday on Saturday August 31st.
In 1913, the workers of Dublin stood collectively together and demanded a better life for themselves and their families. They were literally beaten down by the employers who refused to allow the workers to join a trade union of their choice. This brave stance left thousands of families going hungry throughout Dublin and it is something we should all commemorate 100 years on.
Mr Guiney claims that shutting traffic on O'Connell Street will cause disruption to businesses on a very busy day for retailers. This is the same Richard Guiney who welcomed the same disruption when the Queen visited Dublin in 2011 saying, "People could still travel into private car parks in the city this week, or just use public transport. There may be some inconvenience, such as detours, but everything is still open for business."
Mr Guiney has said, “The lack of consideration for the ordinary people of Dublin is very disappointing and the lack of consultation gives rise to grave concern."
Well we are the 'ordinary people' of Dublin and we believe important events like the 1913 Lockout and Bloody Sunday are worth commemorating. We're calling on Mr Guiney to publicly withdraw his objections to this historic event.
Dublin is our city and we will not be dictated to by employers who pick and choose which events they wish to support. Please sign this petition and tell Mr Guiney that we respect our history and we are proud of the workers who went before us and literally starved themselves so we could have a better future. We want to commemorate the 1913 Lockout!