Louie Bennett

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Louie Bennett (1870 – 1956) was an Irish suffragette, Trades Unionist and journalist and writer born in Ireland. In 1927 she was the first woman to be elected President of the Irish Trades Union Conference and in the same year was elected to the executive committee of the Labour Party.[1] She was also a founder member of the Irish Women Workers' Union.

On 20 November 1935 the Irish Women Workers' Union under Bennett staged street protests against discriminatory sections of Seán Lemass's Conditions of Employment bill.[2]

In later life she campaigned against nuclear power.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fox, R.M. (1958). Louis Bennett: Her Life and Times. Dublin: Talbot Press. 
  2. ^ Dean, Carpenter, Williams: Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol. V, p. 131
Political offices
Preceded by
Helena Moloney
Secretary of the Irish Women Workers' Union
1917–1955
Succeeded by
Helen Chenevix
Preceded by
Denis Cullen
President of the Irish Trade Union Congress
1932
Succeeded by
Seán Campbell
Preceded by
John Swift
President of the Irish Trade Union Congress
1948
Succeeded by
James Larkin, Jnr