A City in Civil War: Dublin 1921-4 by Padraig Yeates

By Padraig Yeates

This paintings is devoted to detailing the activities in and round Dublin's common publish place of work throughout the Easter emerging in 1916. The construction served as headquarters for the Irish Volunteers and the Citizen military, led by means of Padraig Pearse and James Connolly, and used to be shelled within the suppression of the rebellion. The newly proclaimed Irish Republic was once quick and brutally suppressed however the reminiscence of the heroism depicted that week and of the executions that replaced Irish historical past without end.

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Nor was the federation prepared to accept negotiation on the cuts at the company level, because of ‘the unsettled political situation’ in Ireland. ’ Employers in Cork and other centres followed suit. Reporting back on negotiations to the IES&FTU, the president of the union, Jack Redmond, said that even employers previously prepared to consider localised negotiations had committed themselves to the hard-line British strategy. If the men expected support from Dáil Éireann’s Ministry of Labour, they were disappointed.

I have turned 76 years and growing very feeble and past active service. You will see by the enclosure that I am on the point of being turned out of my house and home for non-payment of rent. Now with another £50 my wife would be able to start a new apartment house where we could make a decent living by letting apartments. ’ From about September 1920 she was met with open hostility in the area and was ‘spat upon,’ according to her subsequent claim for compensation to the Irish Grants Committee. Confrontations with local republican activists and their supporters appear to have increased significantly after she hired ex-servicemen to carry out work on a cottage she had acquired adjoining her home, The Hall, at Crosthwaite Park, Glenageary.

Every councillor in the group was a trade union official representing manual workers, and they had little sympathy for the Corporation’s white-collar employees, whom they regarded as snobs and lacking in sympathy for any socialist agenda. Even the Municipal Reform Association, formed from an alliance of former unionists and constitutional nationalists, regarded City Hall as full of expensive bureaucratic time-servers whose main preoccupation was featherbedding.

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