On this date in 1919, Dáil na hÉireann, Ireland’s national legislature, met for the first time, as an outlawed body, in defiance of the British imperial establishment.
Michael Collins represented Cork South in the First Dáil; while also taking part in organizing the armed campaign for self-determination.
(Excerpts from the book:)
“On the day of the Dáil’s first meeting, a guerilla military campaign commenced. A bold ambush led by Dan Breen at Solohedbeg seized a shipment of gelignite (an explosive for military use.) This marked the start of the War of Independence 1919 – 1921.
Although this military action was not approved in advance by the Dáil (which had not convened before it took place) Michael implicitly accepted responsibility on behalf of the IRB, of which he was now a member of the Supreme Council. Following some debate, he ultimately won the cooperation of Arthur Griffith. Thereafter, Dáil support for the military campaign became official.”
“The Assassination of Michael Collins:
What Happened At Béal na mBláth?”
by S M Sigerson
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