100 Years Ago – 17 February 1921

17 February 1921

The National Union of Railwaymen said that they were awaiting developments in Parliament over working conditions and pay before making a decision on whether to recommend national strike action.

Éamon de Valera, the Irish Republican leader, wrote to coalition MPs saying that British troops were engaged in an unjust war on Ireland, adding “it is you, and not your troops, who are primarily responsible”.

The Government denied rumours that it was planning a national lock-out of miners.