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The Dublin lockout, which took place from the 26th August 1913 to 18th January the following year, stands as one of the most marked episodes of entrenched class conflict in Irish history. Over 20,000 workers and 80,000 dependents were directly affected as over 400 employers locked out members of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU) for refusing to sign a pledge to resign from the union and against sympathetic strike action. Eoin Gilligan looks at this heroic episode in history the Irish labour movement.