100 Years Ago – 20 May 1922

20 May 1922

There were shootings and incendiary attacks in Belfast as lawlessness continued, with six premises being left ablaze.

Arthur Griffith, the President of the Dail Eireann, said that Republicans who didn’t support the Treaty were the enemy of Ireland, as peace talks between the two sides broke down. Griffith confirmed that the General Election in Ireland would take place on 16 June 1922.

The Parliamentary by-election in the City of London took place, with Edward Grenfell winning the seat for the Unionist Party (securing 10,114 votes) with the only candidate being the Independent Unionist Vansittart Bowater (securing 6,178 votes). It was the first time that the constituency had been contested since the 1910 General Election.