Must admit, I don't know a lot about Larkin - and would appreciate any recommendations in respect of biography or his role in our history. But saw this earlier and thought it merited a thread :
Historic files from Irish Free State on James Larkin’s deportation from US released
Considerably more detail in their linked articleGovernor Smith set Larkin free, stating that there was 'no evidence’ that Larkin ever endeavoured to incite any specific set of violence or lawlessness. 'The State of New York does not ask vengeance and the ends of justice have already been amply met,' Smith wrote. 'For those reasons I grant the application.'
With these words Larkin became the recipient of the first unconditional pardon from Sing Sing that had been granted in five years.
1923 docs reveal Britain’s fears over James Larkin’s return to Ireland
and the Journal also has
My favourite speech: Fergus Finlay · TheJournal.ie
It was a tough time to be a socialist on either side of the Atlantic!