Hanna Sheehy Skeffington addresses imprisoned suffragettes
Dublin, 7 October 1913 - Three suffragettes who were imprisoned earlier this year for smashing windows at the offices of the United Irish League have been released, on licence, from prison. The Irish Women’s Franchise League organised an ‘at home’ event to celebrate their release, and the meeting was addressed by Mrs SheehySkeffington.
She welcomed the women to freedom, condemned the ongoing force feeding of women in prison under the Cat and Mouse Act. Referring to the freed women as ‘mice’ in reference to the Act, she took great pleasure in presenting them with their prison medals. The ticket of leave of one of the former prisoners was auctioned, and raised 30 shillings. Mrs Sheehy Skeffington also told the crowd that James Connolly would address them in the coming weeks on the current labour struggle and his own recent experience of prison.
She also detailed how she had recently visited Liberty Hall to meet with the wives and children of locked-out workers and described the scenes as heart-rending. She promised that the suffragettes would do all they could to assist those thrown into poverty by the strike and the actions of the employers.
[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.]