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James Smyth – Dr Charles Lucas, Tribune of the People
September 26 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
He mobilised the Trade Guilds to win one of the city’s two seats in parliament and was promptly disbarred. He then won re-election in 1760, and ‘got in’ as a government official put it ‘by cajoling the very scum of the people’.
Three years later he helped found The Freeman’s Journal. Fittingly memorialised by a statue in City Hall, Lucas deserves to be remembered as an exponent of Republicanism before the United Irishmen.
This event is presented by the Dublin Festival of History.