In 1913, Dublin Castle housed the offices of the British Administration which governed Ireland, including the Intelligence Service. Policing was also controlled from Dublin Castle.
It was here on 22 August that William Martin Murphy secured the support of the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) and Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) in the event of disturbances, as evidenced by the quick provision of police escorts for trams from the first day of the strike. The government-appointed Askwith Inquiry into the strike and lockout was held in Dublin Castle.
Dublin Castle is located on Dame Street, Dublin 2. It is approximately 13 minutes' walk from the National Library of Ireland.
Held in Dublin Castle and chaired by experienced industrial arbitrator Sir George Askwith, the Askwith Inquiry recommended conciliation and the ending of lockouts and sympathetic strikes. Unions accepted these findings - employers rejected them.
Today, Dublin Castle is a major tourist attraction. It also provides conference facilities and contains some of the State Apartments.