100 Years Ago – 24 January 1921

24 January 1921

Sir Hamar Greenwood, the Chief Secretary of Ireland, said that “the terror” that had nearly ruined Ireland was being broken and that there would soon be a new and happier country. He added that “let me say that His Majesty’s Government is determined to crush out this conspiracy which has for its object the smashing up of the United Kingdom and our Empire. No Government can tolerate assassination or condone it, and in this matter we feel we are the custodians of civilised government in defeating a conspiracy which depends not upon argument but upon the rifle, the revolver and the bomb”.

Military and police authorities reported a wave of attacks on them across Ireland, including an ex-soldier, Dennis Dwyer, who was assassinated and his body left with a label reading “convicted spy”. Two constables were shot dead in Stranooden, and there was an attack on police in Cork, leading to one officer being wounded. There were a number of other reports of kidnappings, murders and attacks across the country.

The Labour Party issued its economic policies to tackle unemployment, calling for an unobstructed trade deal with Russia, stabilisation of exchange rates, Government trade credits, a reduction in military expenditure, prohibition of all overtime, universal eight hour days and no wage reductions.