Ireland to get new Chief Secretary as new British Cabinet announced
Dublin, 8 January 1919 - In announcing the members of his new British government, the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George has appointed Ian Macpherson as the new Chief Secretary for Ireland.
His predecessor, Edward Shortt, has been name as Home Secretary. While many of the new cabinet appointments will cause little surprise, Mr Shortt’s rise to such a position of prominence is eye-catching.
Mr Shortt had never held a government portfolio prior to his appointment to the Irish Chief Secretaryship in the middle of 1918 and his tenure there was nothing other than controversial. Still, the firmness of his dealing with Sinn Féin’s alleged ‘German plot’ will no doubt have endeared him to those who prize firmness above all other qualities in their politicians.
Ian Macpherson, comes to his new position from the War Office for Ireland.
The following is the list of cabinet appointments that have been made thus far:
Leader of the House (without portfolio) – Andrew Bonar Law
Chancellor – Austen Chamberlain
Home Secretary – Edward Shortt
Foreign Affairs – Arthur Balfour
Colonies – Lord Milner
India – Edwin S. Montagu
War – Winston Churchill
First Lord Admiralty – Walter Long
Minister of Transport – Sir Eric Geddes
Board of Trade – Sir Albert Stanley
President L.G.B. – Christopher Addison
Reconstruction – Sir Auckland Geddes
Chief Secretary – Ian Macpherson
Secretary, Scotland – Robert Munro
[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.]