100 Years Ago – 27 March 1920

27 March 1920

Andrew Bonar Law, who became Prime Minister in 1922, answered a question in the House of Commons in his then role as the Leader of the House on William X. O’Brien. O’Brien was on hunger strike, but was also contesting the Stockport by-election as an Independent Republican, with some wanting him to be released. Despite the risk that he would die in prison, Bonar Law confirmed that he wouldn’t be released. O’Brien came last in the by-election, but he was elected to the Irish Parliament in 1922 and he lived until 1968.

Alan Bell, a magistrate in Ireland, was dragged from a tramcar in Dublin in the middle of the day and fatally shot three times in the head. It later transpired that Bell was a member of the British Secret Service and he had been successful in identifying and seizing money which was in the bank accounts of Sinn Fein.