100 Years Ago – 5 January 1922

5 January 1922

Warren Harding, the President of the United States, said that the country would support Europe economically, but not if it had an inflated military.

Éamon de Valera issued an alternative Anglo-Irish Treaty, which was similar in many parts to the one proposed by the British Government. He said that “the text of the treaty did not reconcile Irish national aspirations and the association of Ireland with the community of nations known as the British Commonwealth and cannot be the basis of an enduring peace between the Irish and the British peoples”. He also said that he did not agree with the separate position being given to Ulster, but he said that they should be offered privileges and safeguards. He added “you, the Irish people, can retrieve the position even at this eleventh hour”.