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Diarmaid Ferriter: Did the Big Fella call on British to blast Courts?

THIS month 90 years ago, the Irish civil war had entered a decisive stage. The pro-Treaty provisional government had taken the momentous step at the end of September of introducing the Public Safety Act, authorising trial by military courts and the penalty of execution for a wide variety of offences.

By November, such executions of anti-Treaty republicans were a reality and, in all, 77 were executed during the civil war, which ended in April 1923.

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