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Discrete CollectionsThe Women's Library
TitleLitster, Mrs
Ref No8SUF/B/163
Box Fetch NoBox 1: Disc 33
Date12 Jul 1977
Extent63:00 mins
DescriptionInterview took place at 50 Thorncliffe Park, Rathgar, Dublin 14.

Interview summary:
0:00 mins:
Her membership of the Irish Franchise League. Her Protestant background but Catholic schooling, followed by education on a scholarship at the National College. Social conditions in Dublin and the Daughters of Ireland. Her work for women's suffrage in Dublin, and why she joined. Her parents, and their attitude to her education. Her mother's influence. Her father's work as a game warden; his belief in education for his daughters. Her her grandmother's influence. Her insistence on keeping her own name when marrying Mr Vega, a Dublin engineer. Her parents' elopement. Her parents' attitude to religion.

15:00 mins:
Her adventures shielding an IRA activist. She goes to teach in Southport, Lancashire for two months, taking him with her (Gerard Crofts). Death of a man friend interned in Ireland. Returns to join the Sinn Fein civil service. Difficulty promoting suffragism amongst Irish women. Male dominance in Irish society. Poverty plus nationalism drive the suffragists out of the picture. After independence, only republicanism remains as a cause. Joined suffrage movement aged 18, but this quickly got swallowed by Republicanism. Canvassing for the Sinn Fein.

30:00 mins:
Reason for her marriage. She tried to influence Sinn Fein in favour of women. Her retirement from the Deptartment of Health. Her work for the Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child. Her hopes of Fianna Fail, though not a member. Her open-minded parents. Mrs Litster's siblings.

45:00 mins:
Linklater biography of Charlotte Despard; her personality. Madeline McBride. Helena Moloney, her best friend. Conditions of the Dublin poor stimulated her politics. Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington's influence. The tragedy of her husband's death.

60:00 mins:
The Franchise League. Mrs Kettle. Her work for the Association of Professional Civil Servants. Equal rights protest march.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsInterview recordings are available online and can be accessed at the link provided in this record.
Former Reference NumberTape 60
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