James “Fitz” Fitzmaurice. Emergency Powers Act 1940

January 6: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1898: Aviator James Fitzmaurice is born in Dublin. He was a member of the crew of the Bremen along with Germans Hermann Koehl and Gunther Freiherr von Hunefeld, which made the first successful Trans-Atlantic East-West flight on 12–13 April 1928.  The Bremen took off from Baldonnel Aerodrome on Thursday 12th April 1928 and landed on Greenly Island in Labrador the following day. The previous year ten unsuccessful East-West transatlantic attempts were made including one attempt by Fitzmaurice.

the bremen awaiting take off at Baldonnel

Bremen awaiting take off at Baldonnel

fitzmaurice stamp

Fitzmaurice on Irish stamp

1921: As Irish War of Independence continues, British Prime Minister Lloyd George and Fr. O’Flannagan, Acting Vice-President of Sinn Féin meet to discuss Irish situation. The outcome of the meeting was described as “not altogether as satisfactory as could be hoped.”

1940: Irish Government introduces Emergency Powers (Amendment) Act providing authority for Irish born citizens to be interned. The device was designed to intern IRA activists, some of whom would have fought with De Valera twenty years previously.

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