james larkin was born in liverpool in 1876 of irish parents. he was an irish trade union leader and a socialist activist. larkin emigrated to the united states in 1914 and became a member of the socialist party of america. he was an enthusiastic supporter of the soviet union. in 1920 he was convicted of criminal anarchy and was sent to sing sing prison in new york. in 1923 he was pardoned by new york governor alfred smith and was deported back to ireland.
Jim Larkin (1874-1947) is remembered on Dublin's main thoroughfare for his dedication to worker's rights. In 1909 Jim Larkin founded the Irish Transport & General Worker?s Union catering for unskilled workers such as carters, dockers, labourers, and factory hands, who lived in conditions of great misery in the slums of Dublin, then probably among the worst in Europe. By 1913 his union had over 10,000 members and had its headquarters in Liberty Hall.
The statue of legendary Irish labor organizer Lim Larkin is directly across from the GPO on O'Connell Str. Jim Larkin was a fiery speaker who formed the left wing newspaper "The Irish Worker". He later went to America to help with the unions there.