100 Years Ago – 5 April 1922

5 April 1922

Sir James Craig, the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, said in the new Northern Ireland House of Commons that if IRA activities ceased then there could be peace. He called upon Catholics to help restore order, saying that he couldn’t lead Ulster into the Free State Parliament.

Armand Jeannes, the Belgian spy who was thought at the time to have betrayed Edith Cavell, was sentenced to death by the court in Mons. Jeannes was pardoned the following week by Albert I, the King of the Belgians.

The Ministry of Labour announced that unemployment had fallen by 22,312 over the last week, with a fall of 195,000 over the previous eleven weeks.