The year 1920 began badly for Ireland’s British rulers.
Municipal, County Council and other local elections established beyond doubt that Sinn Fein’s landslide victory some fourteen months earlier was no flash in the pan. Most local authorities gave their allegiance to the Republic,
The British intensified the repression. Arresting elected councillors, sometimes carrying them as hostages, sometimes killing them. Sacking towns, burning factories and creameries.
They murdered Lord Mayor MacCurtain of Cork, in his home, in front of his family and jailed his successor Terence MacSwiney. They created a reign of terror. Lloyd George, in London’s Guildhall on 9th November boasted of the repression, claiming their forces were getting the right men.
On 21st Lloyd George’s key “go-getters”, a nocturnal gang of assassins, who, under cover of curfew, murdered unarmed men in their beds, were shot in broad daylight in their Dublin lodgings,
A few days later the IRA, taking a page out of the British Government’s “anti-terrorist’s” book, burned some warehouses in Liverpool.
THE TIMES today (28 November 2020) reprinted its shocked response to what it was pleased to call “THE IRISH CRISIS”
I can’t wait to read Monday’s paper, which must mention the mishap of the “Auxiliary Police Cadets” at KIlmichael