On Tuesday, 26th of June, 1990 the museum was formally opened.
After a difficult period of 5 years, the original government grant was
finally expended and the assembled guests were welcomed by the splendid
'In union is strength' exhibition of facsimile or reproduction documents.
Francis Devine, President of the ILHS opened proceedings. 'Mr. President
comrades and friends, in welcoming you, Mr. President, and inviting you
to formally declare the Irish Labour History Museum and Archives open,
I feel it apposite to recall the words of the Irish Labours History
Society's late, and today sorely missed, Founding President, John Swift,
on the occasion of the launch of the society in 1973. He said:
'History is not just the dead past awaiting research. It is happening now
at this meeting and in all places where men and women are living.
The history we are making here today may become important or significant
if the persons here assembled and their organisations ponder enough on
the truth that we as workers are always creating history and that the
economic relations in our society are in large measure determining the
moral value in our operative society and the kind of history we are
passing on to those coming after.'
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