December 1923

 

Dec-05

Joe McGrath resigns from cabinet committee on demobilisation when some officers whose cases he thinks should be considered by the committee are demobilised.  However, he resumes his membership when he receives a guarantee from Cosgrave that recommendations made by the committee on retention of pre-Truce officers would be binding on the Army Council.

 

Valiulis (1985), pg 46

Dec-06

General election in United Kingdom.  Only three constituencies are contested in Northern Ireland. The two sitting nationalist MPs TJS Harbison and Cahir Healy (an internee) are elected in the two-seater Fermanagh and Tyrone constituency with large majorities over their unionist opponents. Unionists win the other eleven seats nine of them uncontested.  (With regard to the only other contested constituencies, in Belfast North, an independent unionist runs the sitting Unionist MP close and similarly, in Belfast West, an independent Labour candidate also runs the sitting Unionist MP close.  Most nationalists abstained.)

Hung parliament at Westminster.

 

Phoenix (1994), pg 297; Walker (1992), pgs 15-16

Dec

Body of pro-Treaty soldier, Joe Bergin, is found in the Grand Canal in Co. Kildare. He was a guard at the Curragh Camp and allegedly helping prisoners to escape. A CID captain, James Murray was convicted of his killing and died in prison in 1925.

Dorney (2017), pg 260

  

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