Paddy McGrath: an Easter Rising veteran executed by De Valera
It is well known that those who saw service during the Easter Rising in 1916 and were executed, were summarily tried by a military tribunal, shot, then buried in unmarked graves. What is less well known is the last such execution of an Easter Rising participant was that of Paddy McGrath, ordered by De Valera’s Fianna Fáil cabinet in 1940.
Despite being founded long after both events, according to the party’s plans to commemorate 1916:
It would be logical that an organisation that was so connected to the Rising and the War of Independence would commemorate its own history.
If that is the case, it might want to revisit its treatment of at least one participant, Paddy McGrath. On 16th August 1940, Special Branch officers, led by Denny O’Brien, stormed 98a Rathgar Road, guns blazing, hoping to get reward money from a slush fund used to encourage similar raids against known IRA…
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