By Padraig Yeates
This paintings is devoted to detailing the activities in and round Dublin's common put up place of work in the course of the Easter emerging in 1916. The development served as headquarters for the Irish Volunteers and the Citizen military, led via Padraig Pearse and James Connolly, and used to be shelled within the suppression of the rebellion. The newly proclaimed Irish Republic used to be quick and brutally suppressed however the reminiscence of the heroism depicted that week and of the executions that replaced Irish heritage perpetually.
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Charles Thompson was another loyalist casualty of the changing times. He had been in the printing and stationery business, ‘in quite a large way previous to the Rebellion of 1916,’ according to the Southern Irish Loyalists Relief Association. In addition to very considerable business with the British Army and Police, he had a good general connection. After Easter 1916 he was rigidly boycotted and lost all his general business. He was just able to carry on by reason of the business he did with the Army and Police, but when the Treaty came into force he found it impossible to keep going.
It gave priority to victims of British and loyalist outrages. ’ The movement even baulked at establishing a fund to help the families of trade unionists interned by the British, in case it would be interpreted as a split in the national ranks; instead the Executive referred members to the White Cross and Republican welfare bodies. Trade unionists had paid a high price for their close association with the Republican movement in the South, especially in Dublin city and county. m. 15 Workers in many occupations refused to work late in case they were arrested for breaking the curfew.
Ironically, the disturbed state of the country had masked the seriousness of the threat. Economic activity may have been disrupted in many places, but the lack of law and order had made employers hesitate to impose cuts. Some labour leaders misread the signs badly. e. ’ The ever-moderate secretary of the ILP&TUC, Thomas Johnson, questioned the cost-of-living index used by the British government’s Labour Gazette. He said it failed to take account of Irish conditions. Retail prices had risen by 240 per cent during the First World War and had fallen back to 128 per cent by May 1921, according to the Gazette; but Congress had conducted its own survey, which showed that the price of basic household items in Ireland was still 175 per cent of what it was before 1914.
A City in Civil War: Dublin 1921-4 by Padraig Yeates