Sinn Féin’s McCartan wins unopposed in King’s County
Tullamore, 13 April 1918 - Dr Patrick McCartan, a native of Co. Tyrone and currently based in the United States, has been returned as MP for North King’s County.
He was unopposed in the contest when, in light of the uproar over conscription, the Irish Party’s proposed candidate, John Dooly withdrew at the request of his own supporters. Mr Dooly said he had been confident of success.
A large force of RIC men assembled at the courthouse in Tullamore as the result was announced to the cheers of a large crowd of Dr McCartan’s supporters. William T. Cosgrave, elected MP for Kilkenny last year, was in attendance and declared that the result showed that ‘the Irish are a distinct people who do not accept alien domination’.
To Dr McCartan himself, a telegram was sent to Washington bearing a short message from Sinn Féin President Éamon de Valera. It read: ‘Congratulations, Offaly unanimously accredits you for Ireland. Lord Mayor of Dublin coming on conscription.’
Sinn Féin now hold 6 seats which they leave unoccupied, due to their abstentionist policy.
[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.]