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Owners to be compensated for property damaged during the Rising
Destroyed shops and businesses along Sackville street in the aftermath of the Rising Photo: UCD Postcards Collection

Owners to be compensated for property damaged during the Rising

London, 17 May 1916 - The British government has announced that it will pay compensation to owners whose property was damaged during the rebellion in Dublin.

The compensation – in the form of an ex gratia grant – will see the state undertake the same liability as would have fallen on insurance companies if the risk had been covered by the policies in force at the time of the fighting.

Insurance advertisement which appeared after the rebellion. (Image: Dublin and the Sinn Fein Rising, South Dublin Libraries)

The government has agreed that the compensation will extend to losses sustained by looting – and will also include the property of those people who held no insurance at all.

Claims have been led by a group of traders who came together in the days after the Rising to press for compensation to allow them to reconstruct their businesses and to recoup the losses they have sustained. The leader of the group is the prominent Dublin businessman William Martin Murphy who spoke in support of the campaign at a public meeting.

A committee is to be appointed by the Lord Lieutenant to oversee the process of compensation.

A letter from a London bulb grower requesting compensation after having missed the Dublin spring show due to the rebellion. (Image: National Archive of Ireland, CSO RP 1916 8203_15)

[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.]


Century Ireland

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