Jim Larkin’s statue will inevitably feature in our series on the statues of Dublin city. This mock up image on Twitter caught my eye earlier, of course it’s referencing events at the Labour conference in Galway earlier today when pepper spray was used on Household Charge campaigners.
The image of Larkin with his hands raised in the air upon his return to Ireland from the United States is one of the most iconic images in the history of this city in my own eyes. Part of the Cashman collection, it is under the ownership of the state broadcaster. I noticed that RTE recently objected to its use by DCTV in an advertisement for their planned output to mark the centenary of the Lockout. There’s something tragic in that.