Control of Volunteers will not be handed to the War Office

Published: 19 August 1914

Rumors that the leadership of the Volunteers might be about to permit the War Office to take control of the Volunteers was met with such hostility, that the Provisional Committee were forced to issue the following statement:

The Irish Volunteers simply consented to carry out the understanding which Mr Redmond made on their behalf in the House of Commons to take joint action with the Ulster Volunteer Force for the defence of Ireland. The government, accordingly, at the suggestion of Mr Redmond have, as the Provisional Committee is pleased to learn, abandoned their intention of drafting English Territorials into Ireland.

The statement went on to say that the Standing Committee were considering various measures by which the Volunteers could carry out the undertaking.

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