!! Freeman's Journal; Aug 7, 1917 "Sinn Fein"
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"NOT READY FOR IT"
Sinn Fein Organiser's Fear of a General Election
(Passed by Censor)
Meath and Cavan Sin Feiners held a celebration on Sunday at St. Kiernan's
Well, Carnaross, Kells, at which the Countess Marckievicz and Mr. Sean Milroy
were the principal speakers.
The Countess, who was introduced by the Rev. P. O'Farrell, P.P., Carnaross,
advocated a discontinuance of the use of articles bearing tax, such as tobacco
and drink and insisted that traders should be compelled to stock only articles
of Irish manufacture.
"You should see, " she concluded, "that all the members of your public
boards are Sinn Feiners as well as your members of Parliament."
Mr. Sean Milroy, who next addressed the meeting, said the only people to
maintain peace in Ireland were the Irish people themselves. The moment the
British Government took its departure from Ireland they would have a basis for
real law and order, real prosperity and real peace.
"I read with interest," he declared," in an evening paper where the
revolutionaries in Russia are anxious to discuss the question of Ireland's
sovereignty with the English representatives."
As to the Peace Conference (which last week in Kilkenny he said held out a
"sporting chance" of freedom for Ireland), Mr. Milroy said they had sufficient
force in America to insure that President Wilson's message would find
application to Ireland. The anxiety of the big Powers for freedom of the seas
would also be a factor that would materially held Ireland.
Discussing the need for financial support of the organisation, he said:-
'We do not know how soon we may be fighting all over Ireland the same issue
we fought in East Clare. If at the present time an election were sprung on us we
would not be ready for it. There is no use in blinking the fact. We want a great
deal more help and organisation. There are very strenuous and trying days before
us, when many of us will have to make tremendous sacrifices, sacrifices upon
which depend our success, and the extent of defeat Ireland's enemies must
A large number of priests were present on the platform. At the conclusion
of the meeting an aeridheacht was held.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News