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Clergy to support Irish Party candidate in South Longford
St Mel's College in Longford where local clergy met and the decision was made to support the Irish Parliamentary Party candidate in the forthcoming by election Photo: National Library of Ireland, L_ROY_07387

Clergy to support Irish Party candidate in South Longford

Longford, 21 April 1917 - At a meeting of the clergy of Longford in St. Mel’s College, the decision was taken to support Joseph M. Flood as a candidate in the forthcoming South Longford by-election.

The meeting was presided over by the Bishop of Ardagh, who has since announced his intention to nominate Mr Flood who is standing for the Irish Parliamentary Party.

Flood, however, has been dismissed by a leading Sinn Féin campaigner as a ‘Government official, earning £200 a year, who wanted promotion to £400 a year’. Patrick McKenna is also reputed to be standing and willing to take the Irish Parliamentary Party whip.

Three electoral pamphlets issued by Sinn Féin candidate Joseph McGuinness during the South Longford by-election campaign in 1917 (Images: National Library of Ireland)

The Sinn Féin candidate is Joe McGuinness who is expected to poll strongly given the visibility of tricolours which are highly visible in the area. Sinn Féin canvassers are ‘motoring daily in all directions’ to seek votes for Mr McGuinness, who is currently in prison in England.

The election has been called following the death of the incumbent Irish Parliamentary Party MP, John Phillips.

Polling day is 9 May 1917.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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