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By John Lynch

The urban of Belfast has a tendency to be mentioned when it comes to its forte from the remainder of eire, an business urban in an agricultural state. even if, compared to one other 'British' business port comparable to Bristol it's the similarities instead of the diversities which are brilliant. while those towns are in comparison with Dublin, the contrasts develop into much more painfully obvious. This publication seeks to discover those contrasting city centres at first of the 20th century.

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90 The early years of the new union would not have been easy but Larkin's character made matters worse. He was rejected by the Unionist workers of Belfast as a nationalist, while Arthur Griffith dismissed him as a professional agitator. 91 Growth was sporadic. 92 It was in Dublin where by the end of 1911 there were three branches, that the union really established its strength. After winning a bitter struggle with the NUDL and the Workers Union the ITGWU finally represented all 'organised' unskilled labour in the city other than the corporation labourers who retained their own union.

But we now wave the red flag in our songs, and we recognise nowadays that the real battles of socialism are fought in committee rooms in Westminster and in the Council Chambers of town halls. P. P. are roughly no larger a proportion of the working class than the three thousand Fabians are of the middle class. 3! 32 However, in Bristol there was a tradition of radical activity which in the 1880s became centred on the Bristol Socialist Society. This body dated from 1884 when the Radical Reform Association became an affiliate to the Social Democratic Federation.

In 1892 the Gasworkers, Boot and Shoe Workers, Seamen and Railwaymen had affiliated 5700 members to the trades council, 66 per cent of the total. By 1904 the Seamen had temporarily disaffiliated but the miners had joined, and the combined affiliation of these unions was still 4744 or 44 per cent of the total. l It appeared at first that the dominance of the old craft unions would be ended as in Bristol. 2 However, there were no miners in Belfast and the boot and shoe industry did not exist on a large scale.

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