Page 5, 20th September 1940

20th September 1940
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Page 5, 20th September 1940 — NORTHERN IRELAND'S DEFENCES SUFFER

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Locations: DUBLIN, Belfast


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Because of Division on Partition Question —Gen. Gough

From Our Own Correspondent


" From my own experiences, and that of the late Mr. Brasier, I cannot understand why our fellow Protestants do not take a more active part in the public life of the country. Mr. Brasier's success in public affairs ought to encourage the people of the North to come in."

This was said by a Protestant member of Cork County Council when the

Council adjourned in tribute to the late Mr. Brooke Brasier, a Protestant member.of the Dail and member of Mr. Cosgrave's party, who died last week.

West Cork, strongly Catholic county, voted for Brooke Brasier steadily and loyally, at election after election. His name was one to conjure with among those rebel Corkmen, though he held fast to his own principles. His example, and the words of Isis fellow-Protestant, show how happy Protestants are in Catholic Ireland, and how their treatment in the South differs front the persecution of the old Catholic stock in the North, where one-third of the population is shut out of their ancestral country's defence in the hour of mortal danger.


General Sir Hubert Gough, formerly an opponent of Irish aspirations, has given voice to the thoughts of all Protestants of good will, whose notion of friendship to England is not that of the Imperialist ascendancy in Belfast. He has written thus:

" The partition of Ireland into two sections is a grave obstacle to the co-ordinated defence of the united country. The defence of Northern Ireland is handicapped by the fact that the population is divided on this

question. The scheme now adopted in Northern Ireland, the expansion of the B. Specials, is coloured by suspicion. This has been expressed by Lord Craigavon when he said that many of the minority were not to be trusted with lethal weapons. Rightly or wrongly, the Catholics of Northern Ireland regard the Defence Scheme based on the B. Specials as designed to exclude themselves, and defeat, rather than further, their aspifiratthieonps.' present writer, and not a General of Sir Hubert Gough's record, had penned these sober words, they would be regarded as the language of the irreconcilable Republican. They are, in fact, the language of cold reason, and represent, like Brooke Brasier's record, the view of the Protestant who is not a fanatic.


Belfast Catholics are making a grand effort to provide clubs and recreation rooms for Catholic children. With the encouragement of the Bishop of Down and Connor, a meeting was held to launch a large scheme.

The chief speaker said that housing shortage was breaking up family control. Young people were drifting to cinemas and iazz halls, in which they were perverted from their people's Christian traditions. Fr. 3. Taggart, Adm., who presided, stressed the need of sound Catholic control for clubs.

The two men sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer in Dublin in last month's shooting affray (a second officer has died of wounds) were executed by shooting in Mountjoy jail. The execution was delayed a fortnight by a Habeas Corpus case that was carried to the Supreme Court. The legality of the trial was challenged and many technical objections were argued to the full, though the men declined to plead at the actual trial. One of the executed men was from the Six Counties. So was one of the slain detectives.

" THE ROLL OF THE DRUM " • There was a delightful show for all visitors, besides the residents, in Dublin, entitled The Roll of the Drum. This is a sparkling portrayal of army life, with a pageant showing the heroic background of Irish military history, all enacted by soldiers of the new Army, under the direction of the Army chiefs. The theatre was thronged, for three performances per diem, and tens of thousands of spectators every week were stirred with the spirit of the Irish past, This show has done more than can be measured to uplift Irish pride and to bring our people together—Brooke Brasier's not less than the Catholic folk. The Holy Father has congratulated Cardinal MacRory on his approaching silver jubilee in the episcopate and his eightieth birthday, which will occur shortly. His Holiness has granted special indulgences to the people of the Archdiocese of Armagh, in celebration of the jubilee.

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