A City in Civil War: Dublin 1921-4 by Padraig Yeates

By Padraig Yeates

This paintings is devoted to detailing the activities in and round Dublin's common submit workplace in the course of the Easter emerging in 1916. The construction served as headquarters for the Irish Volunteers and the Citizen military, led via Padraig Pearse and James Connolly, and was once shelled within the suppression of the rebellion. The newly proclaimed Irish Republic used to be fast and brutally suppressed however the reminiscence of the heroism depicted that week and of the executions that replaced Irish heritage ceaselessly.

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Brennan therefore had the unenviable task of working all day on British government briefs, only to spend his nights producing rival papers for the other side. He produced eight papers in all, some of them highly technical, covering such issues as making reliable estimates of Irish revenue, determining Irish liability for Britain’s war debts and contributions to pensions for Irish ex-servicemen, as well as RIC and DMP members, not to mention the judiciary, and of course calculating compensation for landlords under the various Land Acts.

It even began holding bingo sessions in the head office and enquired about acquiring a bar licence from the Dáil Éireann Ministry of Home Affairs, as well as pursuing tenants who were in arrears with the rent. Although the latter included the Dublin Brigade of the IRA39 and the James Connolly Labour College, it was a commercial tenant, Hampton Leedon Ltd, that was the worst offender. Meanwhile the bingo sessions were dropped at the end of the year. 40 —— By far the greatest setback for the trade union movement was the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board on 1 October 1921 by the British government.

He had shot one of his attackers, whose fate was unknown. Butler and Church strenuously denied involvement in the attack or any interest in politics. They also produced witnesses stating that they were at home at the time of the attack; but because the sergeant was on active service they had no prospect of trial in a civilian court. The fact that both men recognised the court and the nature of their testimony suggests that the incident may not have been politically motivated. Not that political crime was always of an elevated nature.

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