As the British and Irish establishment celebrates the 100th anniversary of “giving” the vote to women who met a certain criteria (February 6, 1918, over 30, owning property or with a university degree) the hypocrisy of some of the speeches by some politicians was not lost on Republican Sinn Féin.
With mass media coverage, politicians glorify the granting of the vote to women with the above criteria as a milestone in democracy. The same people choose to conveniently forget that in the same year the democratic process carried out in the 32 Counties of Ireland was usurped by the non-recognition of the 1918 election that overwhelmingly elected a majority of Republicans who had made it clear that they would never sit in Westminster but rather establish a Dáil Éireann in Dublin.
In the months before and years that followed the 1918 election many of those Republicans were arrested and jailed…
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