He offered to delete the word “vindictiveness”, but would not otherwise alter the resolution.
Two Interned Galway men
Mr. M. J. Donnellan, J.P., Vice-Chairman, presided at the weekly meeting of the Galway Urban Council on Thursday, and there were also present- Messrs M. J. Crowley, J. S. Young, J.P. ; M. Moloney, M. Redington, W. Fahey, W. J. Silke, J. Griffin, M.J. Cooke.
Mr. Cooke moved the resolution adopted by the Board of Guardians on Wednesday urging the release of Messrs Frank Hardiman be inclined to set all the prisoners at liberty if there was an assurance given.
Mr. Cooke disapproved of the addition of further names, and said if members desired they could proceed as he had done with regard to the release of his other prisoners-get another memorial signed. He did not think it right that his resolution should be cut in pieces.
Mr. Moloney and other members protested against the latter remark, and the former said he merely desired the resolution to refer to all the interned men.
Mr. Cooke said the Galway prisoners had been in for five months and nothing had been done for them until he brought up the matter now. He offered to delete the word “vindictiveness”, but would not otherwise alter the resolution.
Mr. Moloney said the memorials referred to had been sent to the wrong quarter- they should have been sent to the M.P.s, who would bring the matter before Parliament.
Mr. Redington suggested that the resolution be passed in its present form, and afterwards Mr. Moloney or some other member could introduce a resolution dealing with the other prisoners.
Mr. Young concurred, and said he was in entire sympathy with Mr. Cooke’s resolution, and he knew Mr. Cooke had taken a great interest in the matter.
Mr. Cooke’s resolution was then passed, the word “vindictiveness” being deleted and some other word substituted.
Mr. Moloney, arising out of this discussion, said Mr. Cunningham and himself had been deputed to act on behalf of the Council on a local committee for raising funds for the relief of the dependents of those who were killed in the Dublin rising, and collections were made in the town. Urging a more thorough collection, he said they had supported the Belgians, they had raised funds for the Serbians and other distressed small nationalities, and he now thought that the least they might do would be to support their own, a number of whom had suffered innocently.
The Chairman pointed out that a thorough collection had been made through all the wards, and he was sure every effort was made to get as much funds as possible.
From the Galway Express, 28th of August 1916
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