June 1923



The cabinet of pro-Treaty Government has special meeting on the northern situation with particular reference to the Boundary Commission.  Kevin O’Shiel puts forward maximalist and minimalist claims which should be put before the Commission. 


Phoenix (1994), pgs 288-289


Old IRA leader, Liam Tobin, sends letter to Cosgrave requesting a meeting with him and Mulcahy.  They say they want to discuss how to keep “to the forefront the ideals and objects for which the late Commander-in-Chief [Collins] gave his life” i.e. acceptance of Treaty as ‘stepping-stone’ to Republic.  They also wanted to discuss grievances as to their treatment in the Free State army.  This letter gives rise to discussions between Cosgrave, Mulcahy and Attorney-General Kennedy as to how to treat this situation.  Valiulis says that Mulcahy was reluctant to meet them but Cosgrave’s main concern was to that Old IRA may put up candidates in the forthcoming elections (August) and split the Cumann na nGaedheal vote.


Valiulis (1985), pg 36


Pro-Treaty government introduces new Public Order Bill in which powers to intern and seize land and stock are continued for another six months.  It is heavily criticised by Labour. 


Macardle (1999), pg 862


A meeting takes place between Cosgrave, O’Higgins, MacNeill, Mulcahy, MacMahon and O’Murthuile about the IRB.  There is conflicting testimony about what transpired at this meeting (and it became controversial after the army mutiny in March 1924).  Mulcahy and O’Murthuile said that the primary purpose of the meeting was to discuss a proposal from Tom Barry to revive the IRB as a way of healing civil war wounds and Mulcahy wanted to revive the IRB so that (a) it would not fall into anti-Treaty hands and (b) be a mechanism for getting anti-Treaty IRA men to destroy their arms.  O’Higgins subsequently said that he vigourously opposed the reorganization of the IRB but Mulcahy claimed that the other three ministers “did see at least some reason for the position and did not forbid it”.


Valiulis (1985), pgs 101-105


Pro-Treaty soldier, Private Henderson, is arrested for a bank robbery on Capel St, Dublin

Dorney (2017), pg 261


After an incident in Kenmare, General Paddy Daly and two other officers are accused of manhandling two daughters of a local doctor.  After an army enquiry, Mulcahy argued that there was not enough evidence to warrant a court martial but he was strongly criticised by O’Higgins and others.  Daly and the two other officers are forced to resign.


Hopkinson (1988), pg 264; Dorney (2017), pgs 261-262


Meeting between Cosgrave and Mulcahy and Old IRA representatives (Tobin, Dalton, Thornton and O’Malley).  More Detail


Valiulis (1985), pgs 37-39


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