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French not resigning as Ireland’s Lord Lieutenant, sources say
'So far, so bad - and dishonours about even. 20 days still to go.' Cartoon showing the number of men recruited in the navy, army and air forces since June 1918. Photo: Irish Life, 27 September 1918. Full Collection available in the National Library of Ireland

French not resigning as Ireland’s Lord Lieutenant, sources say

Dublin, 22 October 1918 - The Lord Lieutenant, Viscount French, has no intention of resigning, according to the Belfast Correspondent of the Evening News.

This report relates to rumours that have arisen from an article in the Irish Times which reads:

‘The Viceroy is a soldier and a man of his word. It is well known that he made the enforcement of conscription - if the voluntary appeal should fail - a condition of his retention of office. The voluntary appeal has failed and there is no sign that conscription will be enforced. In these circumstances we must fear that Lord French may offer - if he has not already - his resignation to the government.’

The Lord Lieutenant announced a drive for 50,000 recruits by 1 October in June this year, but by September 1918 only 5,050 men had been recruited.

Lord French has a number of public engagements in the coming weeks and is expected to make a statement on the issue. Whatever he decides, will become known in the next fortnight.

[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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Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.