Dangers of unemployment
There is a great deal of truth to claims recently made from more than one platform that unemployment is at the root of the current Irish unrest.
Placing a considerable proportion of the male population of military age and condition on a military base will unfortunately not contribute to the immediate solution of this problem.
Many have been alarmed at the reserve territorial plan announced by the Irish government, under which those who volunteer for six months of service will be allowed to keep their rifles thereafter.
The people of Ireland have said in a language that no casuistry can alter the fact that they want no more militarism; they want to tackle years of hard work to build the country.
Further destruction and political maneuvering with torches and guns in hand can only make this task virtually impossible, further swell the ranks of the unemployed and result in anarchy.
To avoid this, the Irish government has resorted to the methods mentioned, but it must be careful not to make the mistake of switching to the other side. Its mandate is to demilitarize the country and reap the glorious benefits that await us in the years of peace that we all hope to come.
Half of the economic problems which created such troubles in England, and indeed in all countries after the war, were due to the fact that young men, half schooled or half learned in a trade, entered the trenches and left the army. men without a profession, without a trade, without a job, unfit for anything, full of the discontent which life under such conditions in the army engenders, and little inclined to enter civilian life as honest workers.
It’s easy to destroy – any fool or criminal can do it. Accumulation requires constant application, hard work, moral courage and brain power. These are the qualities we need in Ireland today.
bridges on fire
The Portumna Bridge, the link between Tipperary and Galway which cost £100,000 to erect, reportedly exploded on Thursday.
The bridge over the main road in Ahascragh has exploded. It is being repaired, with all the male inhabitants forming a civic guard. The inscription of a similar one is envisaged in Ballinasloe.
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