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 On this day 30 May in Irish History

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PostSubject: On this day 30 May in Irish History   Fri May 30, 2008 9:34 pm

May 30 1798: The Irish insurgents occupied Wexford town. The British abandoned the town after the destruction of an artillery column at the Battle of the Three Rocks, which was on its way to reinforce the garrison. While a parley to surrender was underway the troops slipped away retreating to the fortress at Duncannon and the town of Wexford was taken without a fight.

30 May 1844: Daniel O’Connell entered the Richmond Prison, Dublin, to begin his one year sentence for Conspiracy. His conditions in prison were comfortable - he occupied a suite of rooms in the Governor’s house and his visitors could come and go as they pleased. He was released after three months on Appeal to the House of Lords. But his Spirit was broken.

30 May 1944: General Election held in the Irish Free State. Eamon De Valera re-elected as Taoiseach.

TDs returned:

Fianna Fáil (Eamon de Valera): 76

Fine Gael (W.T Cosgrave): 30

Labour (William Norton): 8

Clann na Talmhan (Michael Donnellan): 11

National Labour (William O'Brien): 4

Independents: 9

30 May 1951: General Election held in the Irish Republic. The 1st Inter-Party Government under John A. Costello was defeated and Eamon De Valera elected as Taoiseach.

TDs returned:

Fianna Fáil (Eamon de Valera): 69

Fine Gael (Richard Mulcahy): 40

Labour (William Norton): 16

Clann na Talmhan (Michael Donnellan): 6

Clann na Poblachta (Seán MacBride): 2

Independents: 14
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 30 May in Irish History   Fri May 30, 2008 9:36 pm

Plus ca change...
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