July 25: TODAY in Irish History:
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1872: Nationalist John Mitchel
John Mitchel rueturns to Ireland from America. The Irish nationalist, writer for The Nation and founder of The United Irishman newspaper openly preached rebellion against England. Convicted of treason in 1848, Mitchel was sentenced to fourteen years’ transportation in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania.) In 1853, he escaped to America, where he published his Jail Journal.
While in America, he was editor of the Richmond Examiner and a strong advocate of Confederate rights and championed slavery. He was imprisoned for several months after the Civil War ended. His return to Ireland, evoked huge enthusiasm amongst an Irish population devastated by the Famine and emigration. Mitchel was elected as MP for Tipperary in 1875, but was disqualified as a convicted felon.
1919: Eamonn De Valera Visits Butte, Montana
1962: Senate Debate on the Iron Curtain
Interesting (farcical) discussion in Seanad Eireann (Irish Senate) on what countries constituted the “Iron Curtain” during a debate to “regulate exports and imports from the Iron Curtain countries.”
Professor Quinlan: At some time in the future we may have the Minister for Industry and Commerce coming back to chide us in a similar way over agreeing to some omnibus clause. Consequently, I am moving these amendments here to ensure that the Iron Curtain countries are specified in the Bill. I read here from column 772 of the Seanad Debates of 18th July, 1962, that the Minister for Industry and Commerce, when replying to the debate said: “First of all, it is not for me to designate what Iron Curtain countries are. I do not know what the extent of them is at the moment.” I take it that that is not meant to be an admission of such complete lack of knowledge of the state of the world as it is today.
Tomás Ó Maoláin: Does Senator Quinlan know them?
Professor Quinlan: Every schoolboy knows them.
Tomás Ó Maoláin: Does the Senator know them?
Professor Quinlan: Of course.
Tomás Ó Maoláin: Would the Senator mention them?
Professor Quinlan: The Minister continued: “I do not know if the Iron Curtain will recede or expand. I hope it does not expand.” The point is that the last country added to the Iron Curtain countries here in Europe was in 1948 when Czechoslovakia was the unfortunate victim. Surely anything that has remained as static as the Iron Curtain does not require very much to specify it?
Tomás Ó Maoláin: Can the Senator name the Iron Curtain countries?
Professor Quinlan: I refuse to take notice of the interruption of the Leader of the House who is supposed to set the standard of decorum here.
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