Interesting and scarily relevant article about an unemployed TD in 1957 Ireland.
In the Dáil / Hunger strike
Murphy had difficulty trying to get answers to even the most basic questions in the Dáil. He could not even get an answer to how much unemployment relief money was being spent in Dublin.
In May Murphy and two other members of the UPC, Tommy Kavanagh and Jimmy Byrne, began a hunger strike to highlight unemployment and to protest against the removal of food subsidies in the budget.
The hunger strike lasted four days and each evening thousands of protestors gathered on the corners of Abbey Street and O’Connell Street. Resolutions of support came in from trade union branches all over the country and there were demands for a one day strike.