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Draft letter from Seán MacSwiney to Liam Deasy expressing his sympathy that Deasy has been captured by the Free State troops and criticising the actions of the Free State Officers in the executions of Republican prisoners,

1923 February 5.

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In Collection: Ernie O'Malley Papers, 1916-1949
Description: Accuses Richard Mulcahy of taking advantage of Deasy's anxiety to spare the country further suffering - "It was plain from your notes to me that Mulcahy took full advantage of that anxiety to wring the last possible drop of confession from you - in other words - unconditional surrender". Mentions the executions of Republican prisoners by the Free State troops and the consequences of their actions - "I always advanced the opinion that no reliance could be placed on any Free State Officer who remained in the Army after the executions ... From information to hand it would appear that some of the Officers have been active participants in murder as apart from executions ... There is no fear that Mulcahy will give any of them the opportunity to say later on that they had no active part in them".
Main Creator: MacSwiney, Seán, 1878-1942
Language: English
Extent: 1 item (3 pages).
Call Number: MS 10,973/16/5 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by National Library of Ireland.