Minister of State Simon Harris clarified a crucial part of the recently-passed finance bill in Ireland which made it clear that members of the diaspora who inherit agricultural property while living...More
Heidi Boyd on her recent trip to Ireland. “Do you have Irish ancestors?” This is normally the first thing people ask me upon finding out I went on holiday in Ireland. In most cases, the...More
On this day in 1916, Irish patriot, journalist, suffragist, and vegetarian Francis Sheehy-Skeffington was murdered by British forces. Skeffington was a supporter of the Women’s Social and Political Union which lobbied for women’s rights in Britain, and adopted his wife, Hanna’s, surname (Sheehy) as part of his own. Hanna was a teacher and the primary breadwinner, while Francis was co-editor of the Irish Citizen newspaper and Vice Chairman of the Irish Citizen Army. A pacifist, he was not in favor of the Easter Rising: while he believed in civil disobedience, he did not agree with the Irish Volunteers tactics. Despite his lack of involvement in the uprising, he was arrested without a stated reason, held as hostage by British soldiers during a botched raid, and was shot.