More than 80 years ago, the British Government gave the green light to a revolution in farming, in a land once dominated by the wealthy and industrialised.
The new system was the first in Europe and had the potential to create a new class of farmers, in whose service and labour thousands of labourers would be able to work in the fields.
But the scheme fell through when a shortage of manpower meant that it was a far cry from the original vision of a new social order, the ‘farm worker’.
The ‘farmworker’ revolution had the effect of turning an idea that had been conceived of by a group of working-class Irishmen who had been given the freedom to live and work in Britain for decades, into something that would be a permanent fixture of Irish society for decades to come.
In the decades that followed, the new class would be the face of the new economy.
But how did it come about?
In the first decades of the 20th century, Irish workers were increasingly being used as farm labourers and housekeepers.
They worked alongside the Irish in Britain’s factories and warehouses, in mines and factories and as shop stewards, even while they were still unable to pay rent.
The Irish were the first to have this experience and the first people in the UK to have a choice of working for the state or not.
And it was this, they believed, that would lead to the development of a more just society.
In fact, this was the starting point of the Industrial Revolution, which brought new technologies and new labour.
In Britain, the Industrial Development Plan was written in the early 20th Century, and in the first decade after the war, the Government was working hard to find ways of getting more Irish workers to come to the country, and to find new ways of making the country more competitive.
But there was also a deep cultural shift taking place, one that was taking place at the time in the United Kingdom.
In particular, the Irish were coming to terms with the fact that they were not going to have much of a future in Britain, and they were also becoming aware of the possibility of a different future for themselves.
As a result, a large number of the Irish had joined the ranks of the industrial workforce.
But it wasn’t just the Irish who were being drawn to the industry, and it wasn`t just the industrial workers who were drawn to it.
In order to become more competitive in the market, Irish employers were looking to attract more of their workers to work on their farms.
And the Irish also felt the need to be more independent.
The growing industrialisation of Ireland in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries brought with it the idea that the industrial working class would have to be self-sufficient.
It was also the time that many Irish people began to move to the cities, and many of them found themselves unable to afford the living and living conditions that they had been accustomed to in the rural communities of Ireland.
And so, as Ireland began to become increasingly dependent on the British, many Irish workers became increasingly frustrated with their situation, with the lack of opportunities to be employed and with the poor quality of the jobs that they could find.
This frustration led to a backlash that became known as the ‘millworker’ rebellion.
It had a powerful effect on the Irish working class.
It began to see a change in the way that the working class was seen in the British Isles, and this led to the rise of the trade union movement, and also to the formation of a number of labour unions in Ireland.
There were some who saw the industrial revolution as a victory, as an opportunity to turn the tide of social change in Ireland, and these were the leaders of the ‘Millworker’ movement.
In other words, they were looking for a way to organise Irish workers and to turn them into part of the working-classes future.
They saw this as a revolutionary opportunity.
And they were very successful.
In 1921, the National Conference for Labour in Ireland met in London and voted to organise the Irish Workers Union, and at the same time the British government introduced legislation to make it possible for Irish workers in Britain to have their own union.
But this did not go down well with many of the people involved, especially those who were not Irish, and there were many who were unhappy with the decision that the government had taken.
And this led a number to take a different view.
The leaders of this movement argued that the National Party in the country of Ireland had been taken over by the Tories and that the British people needed to get rid of the Tories, as it was now a danger to the very existence of the country.
They argued that this could only happen through a united Ireland, by the working classes and the trade unions working together.
They also argued that in order for the working and middle classes in Ireland to be able see themselves as being part of this new Ireland, they had to fight to ensure that Irish workers would have the right to organise