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Limerick Voices Resonate: Corporation Challenges Representation

In a resounding call echoing the sentiments of many in Limerick, the Limerick Corporation has convened to voice its protest against what they perceive as a betrayal of Irish interests. With a vote of 12 in favour, the Corporation adjourned a motion that sharply criticises the actions of Irish representatives who have accepted what they deem as a hollow promise of Home Rule, which they argue lacks substance and sincerity.

The motion, put forth by Mr Dalton, was met with fervent support from fellow councillors who see the current state of affairs as nothing short of an insult to the people of Ireland and a betrayal of the nationalist cause, particularly in the North. Moreover, concerns were raised regarding the potential marginalisation of the Protestant minority in the South, adding another layer of complexity to the already contentious issue.

At the heart of the motion lies a demand for greater consultation with the Irish populace before any further steps are taken, akin to the consultative processes seen prior to significant historical events such as the Act of Union. Mr Dalton did not mince his words, challenging prominent figures including Alderman Joyce, MP.., and Councillors Lawler and O’Ryan to resign, vowing to confront them on the divisive issue of partition.

Seconding the motion, Mr J. P. Lynch underscored the absence of an all-Ireland Convention, lamenting the missed opportunity for the Party to accurately gauge and reflect the collective will of the people. His sentiments were echoed by Mr Griffin, who stressed the urgency for Irish voices to be heard loud and clear in the current climate of uncertainty. For him, the size of Ireland is no barrier to the articulation of its people’s aspirations.

The gravity of the situation was not lost on Mr O’Connor, who passionately expressed his belief that no true Irishman would endorse the fragmentation of their homeland. Such sentiments reflect the deep-rooted concerns pervading not just Limerick but the wider Irish community, where the spectre of division looms large.

As discussions continue to unfold, it remains to be seen how the voices of Limerick’s Corporation will influence the broader political landscape. Yet, one thing is clear: the call for genuine representation and meaningful dialogue resonates strongly within the historic city walls of Limerick.

Irish Independent – Saturday 15 July 1916