100 Years Ago – 15 April 1920

15 April 1920

Constable Harry Kells was assassinated near his home in Pleasant Street, Dublin, on the orders of the Dublin Brigade of the IRA. He was rushed to hospital in a private car, but died shortly afterwards of his wounds. Research has been undertaken since the killing and it’s thought that the shooting was requested by Michael Collins, due to the investigative work that Kells was carrying out.

The 100 prisoners at Mountjoy Prison in Dublin who were on hunger strike were released by the British Government, after fears that a large number of men could die. There had been difficulties in securing the prison building as crowds surrounded it and there were fears of a national general strike in Ireland. It was confirmed after the Government’s decision that the proposed national general strike would be cancelled and there was much cheering outside the prison when the release was announced.

It was announced that there would be a strike in France on May Day, with the Gas and Electrical Workers’ Federation confirming their members would be taking part, which was expected to led to power blackouts. The railway workers were still deciding whether they should strike, with a plan considered by the Government to announce a public holiday to undermine the strike action.