Donegal Coast: Queen Mary Sinks Escort Ship. Emergency Powers Act 1939. Today in Irish History

October 2: TODAY in Irish History:

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Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.


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1939: State of Emergency Declared

With the onset of World War II, the government of Eamonn De Valera passes the Emergency  Powers Act 1939. The act gave the government wide sweeping security powers as it endeavored (successfully) to maintain Irish neutrality during what is euphemistically called “The Emergency.”  In 1940, Irish Government would extend its wartime power with the introduction of the Emergency Powers (Amendment) Act providing authority for Irish born citizens to be interned. The device was designed to intern IRA activists who were involved in activity on both sides of the border. Some of those interned under this legislation would have fought with De Valera twenty years previously.

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1942: Queen Mary Sinks Its Escort Ship off Donegal Coast

Twenty miles off the coast of Donegal, the luxury Cunard liner Queen Mary – converted into a troop carrier for the war smashes into her escort ship, the British cruiser Curaçao. The Curacao which had connected with the Queen Mary to escort her for the final two hundred miles to the port of Greenock, Scotland sinks with the loss of 338 men. As were his orders, Captain Cyril of the Queen Mary which was carrying an estimated 15,000 US troops does not stop to mount a rescue operation!

READ: Blog on sinking of the Curacao off the coast of Donegal.

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2009: Irish Voters Approve Treaty of Lisbon.

Irish voters endorsed the Treaty of Lisbon by 67%  to 33% only 16 months after initial rejection. The treaty was designed to streamline decision making in the European Union. Following the vote, Taoiseach Brian Cowen welcomed the result:

“The Irish people have spoken with a clear and resounding voice,” Mr Cowen said in a brief statement to reporters. “It is a good day for Ireland and a good day for Europe. The Irish people showed an Ireland embracing her future with Europe.” 

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