Government Inquiry: Derelict Dublin, Images of the City from 1913

January 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

‘I condemn the whole of the tenement system now existing. It breeds misery; and worse. It causes a great waste of human life and human force; men, women and children can never rise to the best that is in them under such conditions.’ (John Cooke, Report into Housing Conditions (1914))

As part of the backdrop to the pivotal events of the 1913 Lockout. Linked is an essay and image gallery from Dublin City Public Libraries, taken from the inquiry and report of the Departmental Committee appointed to inquire into the housing conditions of the working class of Dublin which ‘ followed the collapse of tenement buildings in the city in the same year resulting in the deaths of seven people, including three children’ and many more badly injured. The dreadful living conditions of the working poor were to be addressed in this inquiry published by the Local Government Board For Ireland.

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