Last night a documentary on the Limerick Soviet* in 1919 and the general labour struggles of the period 1919 - 1923 was on yet another excellent documentary from TG4. It also featured about the struggle between farm labourers and farm owners in Waterford and south Tipperary post Treaty ( Free State army put down the Labourers who were vertually slaves male and female house servants alike ).
Their were very many aspects to it, most I could agree with, some not. To be honest, it was written from a very left point of view, it seemed to me anyway that they were implying a 32 county Irish workers revoulotion was almost on the verge of succeding, when although their was widespread agitiation, it wasn't to the depth or extent as the program made out. Though I would agree that the Free Sate govt. were very much on the side of conservativeism, capitalism and of course the Catholic church. With personality's like Arthur Griffith ( I remember reading Ernie O'Malley's On Another Mans Wound that many IRA men secretly questioned if Griffith was a republican at all in his political beliefs even before the Treaty) and Cosgrove and former Redmondites like Kevin O'Higgins dominating nothing but the same old regieme could about.
Anyway, make up your own minds.
Here's the first part TG4 - Irish language television channel - Teilifis Gaeilge
And the rest TG4 - Irish language television channel - Teilifis Gaeilge - Documentaries
*More on the Limerick Soviet of 1919, or the Limerick General Strike as it sometimes called.
Limerick Soviet 1919 - Ireland Labour History - Introduction