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Limerick City and the Irish Party: Vote of Confidence by Two-to-One Majority

Limerick, Friday – In a significant development at the latest meeting of the Limerick Corporation, Alderman McNiece, along with Aldermen Dalton, introduced a motion asserting Ireland’s right to representation at the forthcoming Peace Conference. The motion emphasized Ireland’s status as a small nation, echoing the Allied commitment to defending the rights of such nations. It called for Ireland’s inclusion in the peace negotiations, stressing that any settlement not recognizing Ireland’s aspirations would be unacceptable to the Irish populace.

The proposal, backed by Alderman Dalton, highlighted the parallel struggles of Ireland and other nations striving for self-determination. Drawing comparisons with Poland’s recent attainment of freedom, proponents argued that representation at the Peace Conference was essential for Ireland’s quest for independence.

Mr P. F. McNamara seconded the motion, emphasizing the importance of allowing the people of Ireland to determine their representatives. However, some dissent was voiced, with the High Sheriff, Mr T. S. Lawler, expressing reservations about the Corporation’s role in selecting representatives.

Amid interruptions and discussions on the nature of freedom of speech in Ireland, the Corporation ultimately endorsed the motion, reaffirming their support for the Irish Party and the continued pursuit of Irish interests.

The vote, which followed spirited exchanges, revealed a clear majority in favour of expressing confidence in the Irish Party. Twelve members supported the motion, including Aldermen Frost, O’Flynn, O’Donnell, and others, while six members, including Alderman Dalton and Mr P. Wogan, opposed it.

Mr Dalton resubmitted the original motion, underlining the determination to ensure Ireland’s voice was heard in the ongoing negotiations.

The outcome underscores the significance of Ireland’s position within the broader context of post-war deliberations. As nations grapple with the aftermath of conflict, Ireland’s demand for recognition resonates with similar calls for self-determination worldwide.

The debate in Limerick reflects the complexities surrounding Ireland’s political landscape and its aspirations for autonomy. With the Peace Conference looming, the question of Ireland’s representation looms large, as stakeholders seek to shape the course of post-war diplomacy.

The decision in Limerick reverberates beyond its boundaries, symbolizing Ireland’s steadfast commitment to asserting its place on the global stage and securing a voice in shaping its own destiny.

Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 03 March 1917

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