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This is a fascinating document and many thanks to the person who supplied it. A simple typewritten and photocopied leaflet it advertises a Special Benefit Gig on behalf of the Dublin Unemployed Action Group.
Poison Girls and Xn Trix (a Dublin band) were scheduled to appear to play the gig – entitled Rock ‘N’ Dole part 2, having held an earlier gig that year.
The leaflet notes:
Dublin Unemployed Action Group fights for resistance to job losses, for higher dole payments and for useful well paid work for all who want it. We publish the paper ‘Hard Times, we operate an advice centre for people having hassles with the dole or social welfare and organise activities to defend the interests of unemployed people. We meet every Thursday in the ATGWU office in Marlborough Street, opposite the Abbey Theatre, at 3PM.
Although information online is scant about the DUAG, there is this from the The Undercover Policing Inquiry . This was “set up in 2015 to get to the truth about undercover policing across England and Wales since 1968 and provide recommendations for the future”.
It has an very interesting Special Branch report “enclosing a leaflet and letter from the Secretary of the Dublin Unemployed Action Group to a member of the Right to Work Campaign”. The Right to Work campaign appears to have been initiated by the Socialist Workers Party in Britain. The exchange of letters was sent to the Metropolitan Police from ‘a secret and reliable source’.
The attached letter from the DUAG seeks advice on organisation and outlines some aspects of the DUAG, including that ‘it consists of only about a dozen unemployed activists… the group is independent of any political party though it can count on the support of the SWM and anarchist groupings’.
We’d be grateful for any more information on the Dublin Unemployed Action Group and in particular a copy of Hard Times.