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New book explores executions and the law during dark days of Irish civil war

The outbreak of civil war in Ireland following the signing of the Treaty led to the fledgling free state adopting the draconian policy of executing 'irregular' anti-Treaty combatants. In his new book, Seán Enright examines this dark period of Irish history

A National Army armoured car fires on the Hammam Hotel, where anti-treaty forces had barricaded themselves, in central Dublin in 1922 during the Irish civil war. Photograph from The Irish Civil War, Law Execution and Atrocity
Seán Enright
AFTER civil war broke out in June 1922 the pro-treaty side believed the conflict would be wound up in a few weeks; however, the anti-treaty campaign developed into guerrilla warfare to make the c[...]

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