Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Myers unfair in his portrayal of Jim Larkin

I WOULD like to respond to Kevin Myers's attack on Jim Larkin (Comment, February 22) and his portrayal of him as an embezzler who enriched himself at the expense of workers he claimed to serve.

Larkin was convicted of embezzlement in 1908, because he issued strike pay to Irish dockers before receiving authorisation from the National Union of Dock Labourers.

He did not benefit personally and the public outrage at his imprisonment led the government to order his release after serving three of his 12-month sentence.

BRENDAN BYRNE

Irish Labour History Society

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