Property Losses (Ireland) Committee file for Martin Carty.
Martin Carty of Slaney Street, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, claimed £25 16s in respect of bicycles commandeered from his shop by the rebels. His claim was refused on the basis that he was complicit in the rebellion.
As evidence the Property Losses (Ireland) Committee assessor included a police report saying Carty had been interned for three months for his involvement in the rebellion and alleged that his house was a known location for meetings by insurgents, and was believed to have been used as a munitions depot.
The Property Losses (Ireland) Committee was formed on May 8, 1916 in an effort to compensate property owners in the city for ‘Damages caused during the Disturbances on the 24th April, 1916 and following days’. The committee's secretary Hugh Love had a compassionate approach to handling applications for compensation but his superiors, Irish Treasury Remembrancer Maurice Headlam, and Assistant Under-Secretary John Taylor, had the final say in dispensing funds. Payment amounts were arbitrary: awards were usually reduced, sometimes by up to half, others were disallowed for a variety of reasons that included consequential loss, complicity or on the basis of inadmissibility.