100 Years Ago – 4 February 1921
Herbert Asquith, who had served as the Prime Minister between 1908 and 1916, said that the Allied demand for war reparations was excessive. He said that to suppose what would happen forty years hence “was a tax on credulity”.
There was an ambush at Pallasgreen, near Limerick in Ireland, which killed nine police and injured two more.
Fifty armed men attacked the courthouse at Ballymote, with the intention of destroying the building and setting fire to it. The building was though defended and relatively little damage was done to it. Two police constables were killed at a separate incident at Tullybeg in Ireland.
Sir Edward Carson welcomed the acceptance in Ulster of the new Home Rule Act, saying that he thought it would bring about a closer union with Great Britain than there had ever been in the past.