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 publish workplace in the course of the Easter emerging in 1916. The development served as headquarters for the Irish Volunteers and the Citizen military, led through Padraig Pearse and James Connolly, and used to be shelled within the suppression of the rebellion. The newly proclaimed Irish Republic was once speedy and brutally suppressed however the reminiscence of the heroism depicted that week and of the executions that replaced Irish background perpetually.

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Economic activity may have been disrupted in many places, but the lack of law and order had made employers hesitate to impose cuts. Some labour leaders misread the signs badly. e. ’ The ever-moderate secretary of the ILP&TUC, Thomas Johnson, questioned the cost-of-living index used by the British government’s Labour Gazette. He said it failed to take account of Irish conditions. Retail prices had risen by 240 per cent during the First World War and had fallen back to 128 per cent by May 1921, according to the Gazette; but Congress had conducted its own survey, which showed that the price of basic household items in Ireland was still 175 per cent of what it was before 1914.

At Gill & Macmillan I wish to thank Deirdre Rennison Kunz for managing the manuscript through the production process, Jen Patton for picture research, Teresa Daly for spreading the word, Fergal Tobin (now retired) for inadvertently initiating the project, and his successor, Conor Nagle, for staying with it. Thanks also to Don O’Connor for another magnificent jacket, Séamas Ó Brógáin for the depth of knowledge he brings to the editing process, and Síofra Murphy for her meticulous typesetting. Finally, my son Simon for his support and Geraldine Regan for her encouragement over many years.

He agreed to help the enemy, salving his conscience by recalling that the facts and figures he was producing for Collins were available in official publications, provided one knew where to look. The Irish team certainly needed all the help it could obtain, as the British negotiators on financial matters included senior Treasury officials as well as members of the British premier’s formidable Irish support team, such as Sir John Anderson, Andy Cope and Lionel Curtis, all of whom were Brennan’s superiors at Dublin Castle.

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