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Inaugural Edward Phelan Lecture

Lessons from the Irish Internationalist who Organized Social Justice by Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO

The National University of Ireland and the International Labour Organization have collaborated in organizing the inaugural Edward Phelan Lecture. It was given by Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization on Thursday 14 February 2013 in the College Hall, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

There were responses from Mr Séan Sherlock TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Innovation, Mr David Begg, Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Mr Brendan McGinty, Irish Business and Employers Confederation

Born in Ireland, Edward Phelan had a distinguished career at the International Labour Organisation. He was official advocate of the ILO Project at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, became its fourth Director in 1941 and Director General under its new constitution in 1946. He was the innovator of the ILO “tripartite’ formula which forms the basis of representation at International Labour Conferences. Each country’s delegation includes not only Government delegates, but also representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations, a model for social partnership.

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