1922 – In reprisal for the executions by the Free State, Liam Lynch, Anti-Treaty IRA Commander, issues a general order to his forces to kill members of the Dáil (TDs) and senators who had voted for the Emergency Powers legislation.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

In response to the executions, on 30 November, Liam Lynch, Chief of Staff of the Anti-Treaty IRA, ordered that any member of Parliament (TD) or senator who had signed or voted for the ‘murder bill’ should be shot on sight. He also ordered the killing of hostile judges and newspaper editors. On the same day, three more Republican prisoners were executed in Dublin.

On 7 December, Anti-Treaty IRA gunmen shot two TDs, Sean Hales and Pádraic Ó Máille, in Dublin as they were on their way to the Dáil. Hales was killed and O’Máille was badly wounded. It is said that Sean Hales was shot by the British Secret Service because he was pressuring the Provisional Government into holding an inquiry into Michael Collins’ death, as he did not accept Emmet Daltons version, however, he was, in fact, shot by the IRA. After an emergency cabinet meeting, the Free State…

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