In this episode we talk to Dr. Jack McGinley. Jack is the Principal of Umiskin Press - a not-for-profit publishing house focused particularly on labour and trade union history. He has been active in the Trade Union movement since joining the Workers’ Union of Ireland in the 1970s, which later formed part of SIPTU. Among other roles, he was on the National Executive Council of SIPTU for several years, and is active in the SIPTU Cuba Solidarity Campaign.
We discuss Jack’s political background and involvement in trade unionism; his participation in the Divorce Action Group campaign and Cuba solidarity; and his work with Umiskin Press and how the publisher has developed.
You can find out more about Umiskin Press on their website at umiskinpress.wordpress.com, including the recently published fourth volume of their Left Lives in Twentieth Century Ireland series, which is a collection of ten essays on leading women in Ireland, edited by Mags O’Brien.
The Irish Left Archive Podcast looks at Left politics in Ireland, talking to activists, writers, historians, politicians and others involved in Left organisations and movements about their experiences of participating in Left parties and campaigns. The podcast is hosted by Ciarán Swan and Aonghus Storey.
View this episode on our website: #30: Jack McGinley: Umiskin Press.