Remember the dead, fight like hell for the living

A plaque was unveiled yesterday at a ceremony in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, to remember those killed in the workplace in Ireland, including two workmen who tragically died during the renovation of the GPO in 1919.

There were 37 deaths in the workplace in Ireland last year and Workers’ Memorial Day is held to raise awareness and remember those who died while working.

The theme of Workers’ Memorial Day this year was women’s contribution to safety at work. Theresa Moriarity of the Irish Labour History Society highlighted the story of May Abraham (Tennant), a Dublin woman and one of the early factory inspectors.

The event was attended by Minister of State Pat Breen TD, as well as ICTU General Secretary Patricia King and representatives of the Health and Safety Authority, IBEC, and CIF.

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