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Limerick Board of Guardians Debate Enforcement of Crimes Act: Fear Unintended Support for Nationalists

At a meeting of the Limerick Board of Guardians, the Executive’s decision to enforce the Crimes Act in Munster and Connaught was met with disapproval. Alderman Joyce MP.. motioned a resolution that welcomed the proclamation but argued this move would mainly advance the Nationalists’ cause. The resolution was seconded, however, Mr O’Brien openly disputed Alderman Joyce’s inflammatory speech, a motion which many supported. The resolution, with just one dissenting opinion, evoked a sentiment that such declarations serve only to attract those who had remained distant to join the League.

During a recent gathering of the Limerick Board of Guardians, the attendees expressed discontent with the actions of the Executive in enforcing the Crimes Act in Munster and Connaught. Despite this, Alderman Joyce, an MP.., presented a resolution that welcomed the proclamation, stating that this move would only serve to further the Nationalists’ cause in the long run. The resolution was seconded, but not without opposition from Mr O’Brien, who was critical of Alderman Joyce’s provocative speech. Several people at the meeting supported Mr O’Brien’s dissent. Ultimately, the general consensus at the meeting was that such proclamations might inadvertently encourage neutral parties to join the League, thereby bolstering the very cause they aim to suppress.

Manchester Courier – Friday 05 September 1902

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