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The Irish Volunteers 1914

Tribune (Melbourne, Vic.) 25th July 1914 (abridged)

Irish Volunteer memorial - Irish War of Independence  Leo Broe (1899–1966) Photo: Jtdirl   Wikimedia Commons
Irish Volunteer memorial – Irish War of Independence
Leo Broe (1899–1966)
Photo: Jtdirl
Wikimedia Commons

Here is what the London Times has to say in regard to the Irish Volunteers: —

‘We in Great Britain, with our forty-one million people, and with all the resources of civilisation at our backs, have not been able to raise in seven years as many Volunteers as Ireland, with her five million people and against the intentions of the Government, has been able to raise in about as many mouths. The Lord Chancellor calls all the Irish Volunteers illegal and unconstitutional. So undoubtedly they are. It is a lasting reflection upon the Government that their creation should ever have been permitted. But at the same time the Irish Volunteers deserve this credit —namely, that with every obstacle thrown in their way, and with not a shilling of public money paid to them, they are doing better than the Territorials, who have been petted and pampered by all sorts and conditions of men, and cost us three and a half millions of good money annually.’