DUBLIN POST OFFICE SEIZED.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT BY MR. BIRRELL.
LIBERTY HALL SHELLED BY GUNBOAT.
BUILDING OCCUPIED BY TROOPS.
“SITUATION WELL IN HAND.”
Before the House of Commons
sat in secret on Tuesday Mr Birrell, the Irish Secretary revealed
the disquieting fact that armed rebellion had broken out in Ireland.
Answering Captain Craig, Mr Birrell said - At noon on Monday grave
disturbances broke out in Dublin. The Post Office was forcibly
taken possession of, and twelve lives have been lost. The rebels
are in possession of four or five different parts of the city.
Soldiers have arrived from the Curragh, and the situation is now
well in hand. Telegraphic communication has been cut off.
This week has witnessed history-making with a vengeance. The few
among us with memories stretching back to the momentous days of
’67 felt quite wafted back over the intervening years; while
all were reminded of the period which had come to be regarded
as almost prehistoric, when the only means of communication with
the metropolis was the old postchaise. Since Monday no mails or
Dublin papers reached Ennis from Dublin, and only one train left
the city for the country yesterday at 6.40 a.m., and one this
morning brought via Rosslare copies of the “Sketch”,
which were eagerly devoured by readers full of the extraordinary
stories which have been current since Monday. Official communiqués,
which have been permitted to appear by the authorities now disclose
the sensational news that since Monday Dublin has been in a state
of armed insurrection while reports from the West of Ireland show
that in a few places there has been disturbance. The official
messages from the Vice Regal Lodge yesterday had the eminently
satisfactory announcement that the situation was “well in
hand”. This would point to a speedy termination of the extraordinary
conflict which has broken out with such remarkable suddenness,
and the return to reason and sanity of the misguided tools and
dupes of a dangerous Pro-German element, which had sought to disrupt
our country in the present great crisis. With the Dublin General
Post Office admittedly in the hands of the Sinn Feiners who had
fled to arms there has been a complete sundering of all telegraphic
and postal communication, and at the local office, by order of
the authorities, no messages of any description, no matter how
pressing, can be accepted by the staff. On the railways no bookings
have been made for Dublin by either the Junction, Nenagh, or Athenry,
and to-day no train was permitted to leave Ennis for Athenry.
This is due to the tactics which have been adopted on the Gort
Athenry section where on Tuesday a number of telegraph-poles along
the line were cut down and the wires tangled up. As a result of
this there was a complete failure of the electric staff apparatus,
and the morning train was held up for some hours while the train
due in Ennis at 11.55 did not reach until close on halfpast 3
in the afternoon. A special left here this morning with an Inspector
of the Company, to make an examination of the line.
Some travellers from Dublin yesterday morning brought nerve-racking
stories of the scenes in Dublin, but in the absence of official
authorization we are naturally precluded from giving any of the
details so available, but if true, they indicate an appalling
condition had prevailed before the authorities had controlled
the situation, as the ... of the official messages would seem
... intelligence that the situation is otherwise than normal has
reached us from any part of Clare, and matters are particularly
.... at the Ennis district.
On Tuesday a man named Fahy was arrested in the Gort – Ardrahan
district, and it is stated that in his motor-car were found arms
and ammunitions and documents understood to be of a treasonable
nature. He was brought to Ennis in the motor, under police escort,
in the small hours of Wednesday morning and sent on to Limerick
to be handed over to the military authorities.
Last night, a young man of the small farmer, or labouring class,
whose name it was stated was Cole, was brought to Ennis in custody
from the Kilcolgan locality, where it is reported there was some
disturbance, and he was sent, handcuffed, in custody to Limerick,
by the 8.40 train this morning.
Military, it is stated, have taken charge of the Shannon Bridge,
as a precaution against possible attempts to injure it.
During last night a number of police arrived in Ennis by motor,
and other vehicles, and it is believed that some of these are
destined for districts towards the Galway side, where disturbances
are said to have occurred.
The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
announces that during the night the Royal Naval Reserve gunboat
on the Liffey shelled and the troops subsequently occupied, Liberty
Hall, the headquarters of the Sinn Fein forces. Meanwhile large
reinforcement have arrived in Dublin, including a detachment of
10,000 troops from England with artillery, engineering and medical
corps. In other portions of the city the situation is well in
DEFENCE OF REALM.
TRIAL BY COURTMARTIAL.
A Royal Proclamation was published
yesterday which substitutes trial by courtmartial for offences
hitherto triable by civil courts.
TO-DAY'S OFFICIAL MESSAGE.
“SNIPING IN RESTRICTED AREAS.”
The official communique issued
by the Lord Lieutenant, from the Vice Regal Lodge today says-
For the last forty-eight hours satisfactory progress has been
The enemy activity is confined to sniping from houses in certain
Additional reinforcements have arrived from England and are on
hand for disposal as required.
Liberty Hall, the Sinn Fein headquarters, has been shelled by
a gunboat in the Liffey, and the building occupied by troops.
Large reinforcements, including 10,000 troops from England, with
artillery, engineering, and medical corps, have landed in Dublin,
and occupied the city.
Repairs to the railway line are being rapidly effected, and the
situation is well in hands.
The Garrison Commander at Queenstown states that reports from
the provinces indicate that normal conditions prevail.
The situation in Dublin has improved, and adequate forces are
at the disposal of the military authorities to cope with the situation.
The latest available news of
the Sinn Fein rebellion in Ireland is contained in the statements
made in Parliament yesterday by the Prime Minister and the Irish
Secretary. Mr. Asquith's statement is noteworthy as containing
the first official intimation that the hand of Germany is responsible
for the deplorable outbreak.
Mr Asquith – Troops have arrived from Belfast and England
in Dublin. Martial law has been proclaimed in Dublin city and
county. Drastic action to suppress the movement and to secure
the arrest of all concerned is being taken. Outside Dublin the
country is tranquil. Only three minor cases of disturbance have
been reported. Steps are being taken to acquaint neutral countries
of the real significance of the most recent German campaign. It
is not the case that the rebels have machine guns. I have just
received a telegram saying that the situation in Dublin is satisfactory.
Liberty Hall and St Stephens Green have been occupied. The Lord
Lieutenant is in Ireland, has been there all the time, and rendered
great assistance. The rebel associations are going to be proclaimed
illegal. News from Ireland is censored, for the moment. It is
not true that the Vice Regal Lodge has been taken. Eleven insurgents
were killed in the occupation of St Stephen's Green. Provincial
news is reassuring. The Inspector-General of the Royal Irish Constabulary
reports that at Drogheda the Nationalist Volunteers turned out
under arms to assist the Government. Many local persons have offered