D.O.R.A. at Westminster.

Author: Laurence Ginnell

Book ID: 51489

Price: 295.00

D.O.R.A. at Westminster. Being Selections from Mr. Ginnell’s Parliamentary Activities (Reprinted from Hansard). Before Easter Week. After Easter Week. Dublin: Wheelman, n.d. Pages vii, 620. Good in lightly soiled cloth. Scarce. Laurence (Larry) Ginnell – (1854-1923) was born in Delvin, Co. Westmeath in 1854. he was elected as an Irish Parliamentary Party MP for Westmeath North. He subsequently lost his seat but regained it in 1906. In 1909 he was expelled from the Irish Parliamentary Party after which he sat as a National Independent. During this time he was addressed frequently as ‘The MP for Ireland.’ In Westminster he was highly critical of the British Government for holding executions of certain participants in the Easter Rising of 1916. On May 9th he accused the British Prime Minister, Asquith, of ‘Murder,’ and was forcibly ejected from the assembly. He visited many of the prisoners who were interned in various prisons in Wales and England and smuggled out correspondence for them. In 1917 he campaigned with Arthur Griffith and Fr. Michael O’Flanagan to try and ensure the election of Count George Noble Plunkett in the Roscommon North by-election in which he defeated the IPP candidate on an abstentionist platform. Following the victory of Éamon de Valera in East Clare, while standing for Sinn Féin, on July 10, 1917, Ginnell resigned his seat in the House of Commons and joined Sinn Féin. At the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis that year, at which the party was re-constituted as a Republican party with de Valera as President, Ginnell and W.T. Cosgrave were elected Honorary Treasurers. In the 1918 Westminster Election, he was elected as a Sinn Féin MP for Westmeath, comfortably defeating his IPP challenger, and attended the proceedings of the First Dáil. He and James O’Mara were the only TDs ever before to sit in a parliament. Ginnell was appointed Director of Propaganda in the First Ministry of the Irish Republic. On September 9, 1922 Ginnell was the only Anti-Treaty TD to attend the inaugural meeting of the Provisional Parliament. De Valera later appointed him a member of his Council of State, a 12 member body set up to advise him on the deteriorating situation in the Civil War. Laurence Ginnell died in the United States on April 17, 1923, aged 69 years, still campaigning against the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

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