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1916: July 26
Casement appeal denied
We are informed by Mr Gavan Duffy, solicitor for Sir Roger Casement, that the Attorney General had intimated that he is unable to grant his request which would enable Casement’s appeal against the sentence of death passed on him for high treason to be carried to the House of Lords.
Unless, therefore, the prerogative of mercy is exercised in his favour, Casement will be executed.
Hopes of Irish Settlement fade
The Press Association says: There will be a meeting of the Irish Party at the House of Commons today.
It is understood that the object of the meeting is to consider the future action of the Nationalists in view of the breakdown of the negotiations for a provisional settlement of the Home Rule problem.
The opinion has only hardened against any further negotiations to which the Government is a party.
The proposed Irish settlement is considered dead.
Archbishop critical of Redmond
In a letter from Archbishop’s House, Dublin, His Grace Dr William Walsh, Archbishop of Dublin, has voiced criticism of the Home Rule Party.
He writes: ‘For years past I have never had a moment’s doubt that the Irish Home Rule cause in Parliament was being led along a line that could only bring it to disaster. …Anyone who ventured to express an opinion at variance with theirs became at once a fair mark for every political adventurer to assail with the epithets of “factionist”, “wrecker” or “traitor”. Signed, William J Walsh, Archbishop of Dublin.
(A leading Church intellectual, Archbishop William Walsh (1841-1921) was the first major non-political figure to attack the record and strategy of the Home rule party.
In 1917 he declared his support for Sinn Fein, blaming the Home Rule leaders for ‘the naked deformity of partition’.)
County Antrim Volunteers killed
News has been received in Larne that Private Charles McNally, Sixth Battalion Connaught Rangers (Irish Brigade) died of wounds received in action.
Private McNally was a Larne man and a member of the AOH and Larne Company of the Irish National Volunteers.
News has reached Ballycastle that Private Joe Gillen, First Royal Irish Fusiliers, has been killed in action.
He was a member of the Ballycastle Company of National Volunteers and volunteered for active service after the outbreak of war and had previously been wounded and gassed.