Week Thirty-Six - 22/9/19 - 28/9/19

From Drogheda Independent, 27th September 1919

SIX WEEKLY PAPERS STOPPED 

SINN FEIN LOAN SEQUEL.

As a result of visits paid to several printing establishments in Dublin on Saturday morning by police and military a number of Sinn Fein and Labour papers published in the city have been suppressed, this action being taken by the authorities, it is understood, in consequence of the publication in these journals of the advertisement relating to the Sinn Fein loan.

Copies of the papers found in the various offices were seized by the police arid military, arid in two instances the printing machinery was dismantled and carried off.

Parties of police and military arrived in motor waggons at three of the city printing establishments almost simultaneously. The visit naturally created some excitement, but the searches and seizures made were marked by no untoward incident. About 11 o'clock a party of soldiers, fully armed, and wearing trench coats, arrived at the Wood Printing Works in Fleet Street, where the " Irish World," edited by Mr. P. S. O'Hegarty, and "New Ireland' edited by .Mr. P. J. Little, are printed.

A number of policemen in uniform and plain clothes, accompanied by a superintendent, were also present. The latter entered the premises, and presented Mr. Flanagan, secretary of the firm, with an order which authorised the seizure of all copies of the current issues of the two papers and the dismantling of the machinery, so as to ensure that the papers would not again be published without permission.

A sergeant of the Royal Engineers then removed the vital parts, which were taken away by the military, as well as all copies of the current issues, "these comprising two copies of the "Irish World" and a couple of dozen copies of "New Ireland," which were nil that remained in stock when carried away. Mr. Sean O Muirthille, manager of the "Irish World," and Mr. P. J. Little, editor of "New Ireland," arrived in Fleet Street while the search was proceeding, but were refused admission to their respective offices during the operations.

The premises of Mr. P. Mahon, T.C., in Yarnhall Street, where "Nationality," the Sinn Fein organ, edited by Mr. Arthur Griffith, and "Fainne an lae," the Gaelic League organ, edited by Mr. Colum 'Murphy, were also visited by military and police the former having two military waggons with them.

A police superintendent saw-Mr. Mahon, who was on the premises at the time, and informed him that the place would be searched. 'Mr. Mahon admitted that he printed the two journals mentioned, and brought the military and police officer to the works. All copies of the two papers were handed over. The forms of. the current issue of "Nationality" were lying on the printing machine used for printing the two papers, and one of these was broken up, and linotype matter handed over to the officers. The machinery was then dismantled, and the vital parts taken away. A thorough search of the premises was made, and Mr. Mahon was warned that he was not to print "Nationality" or "Fainne an Lae" in future without permission. Mr. Mahon and Mr. Murphy, who arrived at the establishment shortly after the raid, both expressed the opinion that the suppression took place because of the appearance of the advertisement in regard to the Sinn Fein loan in these papers last week.

The third printing establishment visited by soldiers and police was that belonging to Messrs. Cahill, Ormond Quay, where the papers printed by them, "The Voice of -Labour," a Labour-Socialist organ, edited by Mr. Cathal O'Shannon, and "The Republic," edited "by Mr. Darrell Figgis, were suppressed. Police officers who entered the premises accompanied by military informed the secretary of the firm that they had come to suppress the two journals mentioned. They requested to be shown the type used in the production of these papers, and seized what had been set for next week's issues. They intimated that the firm were not to print or publish any further issues of the papers until they had the permission of the authorities. All copies in stock of the two papers were confiscated and taken away by the military. None of the machinery was dismantled.

The Dublin "Leader" has been also suppressed.

PROVINCIAL PAPERS SEIZED.

On -Saturday morning the Dundalk police visited the local news agencies and took away all copies of the "Dundalk Examiner," the local Sinn Fein paper, published that morning. The printing office of the paper was also visited, but there was no interference with the printing plant. Newsboys selling the paper on the streets were also requested to hand over all copies. It is understood that the seizure followed on the publication of. a full-page advertisement of the Sinn Fein loan. Copies of the "Midland Tribune" were seized by the police at Roscrea and Cloghan, King's Co, on Saturday. The issue contained a full-page advertisement for the Sinn Fein loan.