Northern Ireland

Sensational re-arrest of MP Cahir Healy – On This Day in 1924

Cahir Healy sitting at desk
Cahir Healy was interned for two years and then re-arrested shortly after his release
February 13 1924

Following his release from the Larne internment camp on Monday morning, Mr Cahir Healy left Belfast in the same afternoon for Enniskillen, firmly convinced that the order prohibiting him from entering a narrow strip in western Fermanagh did not forbid his entry into the town, in which his home is situated.

He arrived at Enniskillen in due course without interference from the police, and was cordially welcomed by his many friends of all shades of opinion, including prominent unionists. It was generally felt that the last had been heard of his case, and that he would in future be free from molestation at the hands of the authorities.

He spent the greater part of yesterday at his home seeing many friends; and in the evening he left to catch the 5.40 train for Dublin. Just as he entered the station he was approached by police officers who took him into custody. He was escorted to one of the local barracks, where he was detained for the night.

It is expected that he will be brought before a court today, and in all probability the charge will be one of entering the “prohibited area”.

Just days after being released, Cahir Healy was re-arrested for briefly entering an area in Fermanagh he was prohibited from, an “extraordinary action” according to The Irish News.

Appointment of lady to mental hospital post would be ‘dangerous risk’

At the meeting of the Letterkenny Mental Hospital Committee there were three applicants – Dr Francis McLaughlin, Dr Mary White (daughter of Mr John White, TD) and Dr Kathleen McColgan – for the position of assistant medical officer.

Proposing Dr McLaughlin, Rev J O’Doherty, Adm, said it was necessary to have a man who would be responsible for the discipline of the staff and inmates in the absence of the resident medical superintendent. To appoint a lady, and a young lady at that, would be a dangerous risk. In an institution like that, with the laxity of discipline with which they had become familiar.

Mr Gallen – By men. (Laughter.)

Rev J O’Doherty – I grant you that but a woman will not restore it.

Mr Gallen – They did greater things than that.

Mr Gallagher proposed, and Mr Thomas McFadden seconded, Dr White.

Mr Gallen proposed Dr McColgan, and said Fr O’Doherty’s theories were not confirmed by experience. If he looked to the other wing of his own Church, he would find the grandest examples of institutions managed by ladies, and similar institutions in that county were being managed by ladies. They should remember that in that hospital there were more female than male patients.

Dr McLaughlin received 8 votes, Dr White 3 and Dr McColgan 2. Dr McLaughlin was elected.

An early example of some of the difficulties faced by women in securing jobs in the Irish Free State.