By Dermot Keogh, Gabriel Doherty
Creation by means of Garret Fitzgerald. This ebook seeks to interpret the occasions of Easter Week 1916 because the crucial defining occasion of a 'long revolution' in Irish historical past. The origins of the lengthy revolution lie within the moment half the 19th century, and its legacy remains to be being performed out within the first years of the twenty-first century. stated specialists on particular subject matters search to discover the layered family and foreign, political, criminal and ethical elements of this uniquely influential and arguable occasion. individuals are: Rory O' Dwyer, Michael Wheatley, Brendan O'Shea and Gerry White, D.G. Boyce, Francis M. Carroll, Rosemary Cullen Owens, Jerome aan de Wiel, Adrian Hardiman, Keith Jeffery, Mary McAleese, Owen McGee, Seamus Murphy and Brian P. Murphy.
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This upset the population but also shocked Prime Minister Herbert Asquith who informed French that he was ‘a little surprised and perturbed by the drastic action of shooting so many of the rebel leaders’. 66 Again, French’s remark makes perfect sense if he had been informed by Hall or simply if he saw the execution of republican leaders as a perfect way to rid Ireland of disloyal elements. But how had the French and the Austro-Hungarians reacted to the Rising in Dublin? Colonel Artus de la Panouse, the French military attaché in London, reported that it was obvious that Germany’s plan was to divert more British troops to Ireland, troops that would be better used on the front line.
The latter led to the formation of the so-called Triple Entente countries – Britain, France and Russia. 5 From that moment onwards, the German leaders would try to drive a wedge between their rivals but their efforts were not successful. 6 But the Germans were most preoccupied with the United Kingdom and its vast empire, which they considered to be their most dangerous enemy. Would the British interfere if Germany entered a war against France and Russia? This question bordered on the obsessive in Berlin.
It might well be argued that Hall had little choice in the matter as he wanted to protect his extremely valuable source of information. Arresting Pádraig Pearse and others before the Rising took place might have revealed to the Germans that something was wrong with their codes. But could those 450 deaths, 2,600 wounded and the destruction of Dublin city centre not have been avoided? 85 On that occasion nobody was either killed or wounded. If the Military Council initiated the Easter Rising and therefore bore a great responsibility, can it not be argued that some British officials bore a greater responsibility still for letting it happen?