Monday, 12 October 2015

Dublin Metropolitan Police Movement of Extremists reports 1915-16

The National Archives of Ireland has released a series of records from Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP), labelled Movement of Extremists 29 May 1915 - 20 April 1916. The records refer to the period leading up to the Easter Rising of 1916, the moment when an Irish Republic was first proclaimed as a breakaway state from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Although the rebellion was crushed, it was a classic case for the British of winning the battle but losing the war, with the treatment and execution of the rebellion's leaders, coupled with the conscription crisis, soon leading to a massive change of sympathy from the Irish population towards the rebels' aims.

The Dublin Metropolitan Police's reports can be accessed at A guide on how the archive conserved the reports can be found at, whilst a separate guide to the conservation of newspaper clippings held within the reports is available at

(With thanks to @NARIreland and @archivesireland via Twitter)


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