By Padraig Yeates
This paintings is devoted to detailing the activities in and round Dublin's normal submit place of work through the Easter emerging in 1916. The construction served as headquarters for the Irish Volunteers and the Citizen military, led by means of Padraig Pearse and James Connolly, and used to be shelled within the suppression of the rebellion. The newly proclaimed Irish Republic used to be fast and brutally suppressed however the reminiscence of the heroism depicted that week and of the executions that replaced Irish heritage without end.
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43 Now a deputy clerk in Dublin Castle, Brennan did his best to maintain a moderate nationalist position in discussions with his superiors, who were increasingly intolerant of any dissent. Whatever about his own views, Brennan’s social circle outside work was becoming radicalised by default. ’44 Brennan was indeed becoming increasingly sceptical of the efficacy of British policy. When he returned to Co. Cork to visit his father in late 1920 he saw at first hand the state of the country: family members had been threatened and assaulted for employing ‘Sinn Féiners’, the family’s hosiery factory had been burnt down and the family home at Kilbrogan House attacked.
There were another 1,600 convicted Republican prisoners. All were hostages to fortune and the peace process. —— An ominous sign that peace was far from imminent was the fact that prisoners arrested immediately before the Truce were still being processed through the courts-martial system. 5 In Dublin eight men tried by military courts in the days after the Truce came into effect faced the death penalty for being arrested in possession of weapons or being in the company of armed men, while two more were charged with the attempted murder of a military police sergeant.
By the summer of 1922 Brennan was in London meeting Sir John Anderson and other former colleagues to continue negotiations on unfinished business. If Brennan was one of the most significant members of the existing administrative hierarchy who facilitated the transfer of power, he was by no means the only one. The fact that colleagues unhappy with the change of regime could transfer to Northern Ireland or Britain eased the change process. The leading historian of the Irish public service, Martin Maguire, concludes that ‘the Provisional Government, by seizing control of the civil service, seized control of the entire existing machinery of the State.