100 Years Ago – 20 February 1922

20 February 1922

Edmund FitzAlan-Howard, the Viceroy of Ireland, ordered the release of members of the IRA who had recently been arrested, in exchange for assurances of the release of a number of kidnapped loyalists.

Police Constable Loughlin McEdwards was murdered in Limerick, with another colleague who was with him at the time avoiding serious injury.

Éamon de Valera said that the Irish nation was now in more danger than it had been at any other time over the last 750 years.

Most of the striking miners in South Africa agreed to return to work after a strike which had lasted for several weeks. General Smuts said that mine owners should restart production and would be given police protection.