Location: Mansion House Oak Room. Private meeting.
The ACTING-PRESIDENT said that the arrival of President de Valera in New York was the biggest thing since the elections in Ireland. Mr. Boland had been ill for some time but was now well again. At home a good deal of work had been done by members of the Committees. There was a good deal of interference with meetings throughout the country. He had heard that 13,000 extra troops were to be sent to Ulster, and behind this screen of troops Carson was going to re-organise his Volunteers, so that Lloyd George would be in a position to prove that there were two nations in Ireland. There was no doubt that the military movement in Ulster was being directed by Carson. In France a General Election was expected in October, when Clemenceau, who was pro-English, was likely to be defeated, and Briand, who was in favour of Ireland, and was anti-English, might be returned to power. France was anxious to get the Peace Treaty ratified. Her representatives in America had received instructions not to make themselves objectionable to Ireland.[NOTE] In conclusion, he referred to the shooting of a boy named Murphy in Co. Clare. That boy had been shot by either the Constabulary or the Military.
On 14 August 1919, 15 year old Francis Murphy of Glan, County Clare, member of Na Fianna Éireann, was shot dead in his home. Inquest found the military responsible as revenge for shooting of two policemen Constable Michael Murphy and Sergeant John O’Riordan, at Ballyvraneen on 4 August.
The business of the Session was now completed, and the House rose at 6.50 p.m.