President Mary Robinson – Cabinet Discusses Treaty – Bandon IRA Ambush at Today in Irish History

Dec 3: TODAY in Irish History:

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Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

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

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1920: Three IRA Killed in Bandon Ambush

Three Bandon members of the I.R.A. are killed in an ambush set by the Essex Regiment. The I.R.A. men John Galvin, Lieutenant Jim Donohue and Joe Begley thought they were meeting a British army deserter on the outskirts of their home town. The facts of the case are as muddy now as they were in that highly volatile time, but it does appear that the men were given little chance to surrender.

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READ: Bandon Killings

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1921: Dail Cabinet Discusses Treaty Proposals

Treaty negotiators: Duffy, Collins, Griffith, Barton

Treaty negotiators: Duffy, Collins, Griffith, Barton

Following an acrimonious and (it seems) poorly minuted meeting, Michael Collins and colleagues were asked to return to London for further negotiations. The Irish delegation consisted of 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.”

The lack of clarity in their responsibilities would have awful consequences. Collins and company believed they would be signing a binding agreement, something which De Valera and others refused to accept when presented to the Dail some days later.

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1990: President Mary Robinson

President Mary Robinson
President Mary Robinson 1990-1997

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Mary Robinson is inaugurated as the seventh (and first female) President of Ireland. Robinson – the Labour Party candidate – was initially considered a long shot for the presidency as she was up against the immensely likeable Fianna Fail candidate Brian Lenihan. Lenihan was once described by the acerbic John Kelly of Fine Gael as “like a lighthouse in the Bog of Allen: brilliant but useless.” Lenihan’s involvement in an effort to (unconstitutionally) pressurize a former President came back to haunt him and opened the door for Robinson’s victory. She was an immensely popular President both nationally and internationally.

In 1997, Robinson became the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Her dedication to human rights has seen her win numerous awards including Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States. This award was criticized by many pro-Israel supporters who perceive Robinson’s support for disadvantaged Palestinians to be anti-Zionist. Robinson did not take the criticism lying done ““There’s a lot of bullying by certain elements of the Jewish community. They bully people who try to address the severe situation in Gaza and the West Bank. Archbishop Desmond Tutu gets the same criticism.”

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

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