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Dungarvan UDC Minutes
10.

The Irish War of Independence 1919 - 21

10. Dungarvan UDC Minutes
DATE: 13 MARCH 1920

Dail Eireann
"Resolution:- that this council of the elected representatives of the Dungarvan Urban Council ... hereby acknowledge the authority of Dail Eireann as the duly authorised Government of the Irish People."

DATE: 26th MARCH 1920

Resolution of protest against the arrest of Mr. Patrick Whelan U.D. Councillor by the British Authorities without charges."

DATE: FRIDAY 4th JUNE 1920

"We the members of the Dungarvan U.D.C. express our great pleasure at the return of our fellow member Patrick Whelan from Wormwood scrubs where he has been incarcerated &. on hunger strike."

DATE FRIDAY 10th DECEMBER 1920

"Letters of acknowledgement from Mrs Hassett, Mrs 0'Mahony, Mrs Mulcahy, Mrs Moloney & Mrs Dee on the recent arrest of their husbands."

Letter from J. C. MacCosgair, Minister For Local Government, Dail Eireann, Local Government Board, Dublin 30th JANUARY 1921

"The Local Government Board has had under consideration the many difficulties which Local Authorities in Ireland have had to sustain through the persistent attempts of the British Government to destroy Local Administration. Since December 1918 English policy in Ireland has been directed towards stiffling republican representation which was evidenced by the P.R. Act 1917.

The main purpose of this act was to secure a strong representation of persons loyal to England, the Act failed so far as this motive was concerned & further attacks developed on the finances of Local Authorities.

In effect they desired to have Local Authorities pass resolutions of loyalty to the English Government, failing which no monies due to them would be paid. It was anticipated that the withdrawal of these funds estimated to represent one seventh of the entire revenue of Local Authorities would precipitate a financial crises & render Local Government impossible."

DATE: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25th 1921

"It was ordered that a circular be sent to shopkeepers with a copy of pledge to be signed by them undertaking not to deal with Belfast firms & firms in surrounding areas, also asking the people to withdraw their accounts from Belfast, Northern or Ulster Banks."

DATE: FRIDAY MARCH 18th 1921

"Resolved, that we the members of Dungarvan U.D.C. hereby adjourn this meeting as a protest against the action of the Government for executing by hanging 6 of our fellow countrymen in Mountjoy Prison on last Monday 14th inst."

"Vote of sympathy on murders of Ald. George Clancy, Mayor of Limerick, Councillor M.O'Callaghan, ex Mayor & J.O'Donoghue."

DATE: FRIDAY JULY 29th 1921

Political Prisoners
"Resolved that we the members of Dungarvan U.D.C. demand the immediate release of all political prisoners & particularly the members of Dail Eireann to enable them to meet in conference with the leaders in Dublin at such a critical period in our History."

DATE: FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER 1921

"Resolved, that we the members of Dungarvan U.D.C. tender our Cead Mile Failte to Messrs Brennock, T. Fahey, & P. Mulcahy on their release from internment."

DATE: TUESDAY 3rd JANUARY 1922

'Special meeting to consider what action will be adopted by the Council in present position of National Affairs.'

"Resolved, that we the elected representatives of the U.D.C. of Dungarvan, hereby convened a special meeting for the express purpose of voicing the opinions of our constituents regarding the ratification of the Peace Treaty.

The vast majority of our constituents are of opinion that the Treaty while not giving us all we claim as a Nation gives us more solid basis for the building up of the national life of our country than we have enjoyed for almost eight centuries & are willing to give it a trial seeing no alternative before them but ruin & misery ... & we hereby in their name request our deputies to vote for the ratification of the Treaty."

Author: Fraher, Mansfield, Keohan

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