Cromwell Sacks Wexford. Anglo Irish Treaty Negotiations Commence. JFK Press Conference at Today in Irish History

October 11: TODAY in Irish History:

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Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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1649: Cromwell’s Troops Sack Wexford

Following a nine day siege, Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army finally takes the town of Wexford showing no mercy to its inhabitants. Numbers are difficult to ascertain, but as many as two thousand Royalist soldiers and five hundred civilians were slaughtered. Historians are in general agreement that Cromwell did surrender terms to the garrison which would have ensured them safe passage (terms he normally kept to), but these were not acceptable to the garrison leader Colonel Synott.


READ: The Siege of Wexford


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1921: Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations begin in London.

First meeting of the two month negotiations commences at 11.00am. The Irish delegation which had arrived in London two days previously to a rapturous reception from their exiled kinfolk consisted of Michael Collins, Arthur Griffith (Chairman of the delegation), Robert Barton (Minister for Economic Affairs), George Gavan Duffy and Eamonn Duggan, The delegates were styled ‘Envoys Plenipotentiary’ and given power to “‘negotiate and conclude … a treaty or treaties of settlement, association and accommodation between Ireland and the community of nations known as the British Commonwealth.”


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Michael Collins, London October 1921


READ: Personalities at Negotiations at excellent website by Seamus Fox of Dublin City University


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1961: JFK News Conference



At a presidential news conference, JFK address problems that never seem to go away!

Q. Mr. President, could you give us your assessment of the vigor of the economic recovery, particularly in the light of statements by organized labor that we may have five and a half million unemployed by next February?

THE PRESIDENT. Well, we’ve had a 10-percent increase in the second quarter and a 5-percent increase in the third quarter, and we are going to continue to have a substantial increase in the next quarter.

I think we’re producing more cars this quarter probably than any year since 1950 and we’ve had less increase in the cost of living in a recovery than we’ve had in 10 or 12 years. So that the private sector is moving ahead.

The problem of unemployment continues because of technological changes and increases in the population and we do not have–unemployment is now at about 4 million. We do not–I am still as concerned as they are that we could have a great boom and still have the kind of unemployment they describe.

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