Supreme Council of the IRB meets and issues a statement saying the “present Peace Treaty between Ireland and Great Britain should be signed” but goes onto say that members “who have to take public action as representatives are given freedom of action in this matter.” (Statement is issued to centres on the 12th December). After meeting, Liam Lynch writes to O’Donoghue saying that he stood alone at the Supreme Council meeting. Hopkinson says that split of Supreme Council was 11 in favour and four against. (He also says that meeting took place in 11th Dec.) Curran gives the following breakdown of the Supreme Council. Against the Treaty were Liam Lynch, Harry Boland, Joe McKelvey and Charlie Daly. For the Treaty were Collins, Richard Mulcahy, Gearoid OíSullivan, Diarmuid O’Hegarty, Sean O’Muirthile, Martin Conlan, Joe Vize and somebody whose first name was Steve. (This is four against and eight for.) Curran does say that the other three against joined Lynch later.
Photo: A Pro-Treaty poster, courtesy of National Library of Ireland.