Property Losses (Ireland) Committee file for Joseph Larkin.
Joseph Larkin lived at 99 Dorset Street Lower, Dublin but owned a lockup shop at 36 Wexford Street, Dublin. His claim reveals that he visited the shop the day on Tuesday of Easter Week to check on it and 'it was intact'. He goes on to say he could not check it after that as he was arrested and internment on suspicion of involvement in the rebellion, an allegation he denied.
He claimed £350 from the Property Losses (Ireland) Committee as compensation for the looting of tobacco, stock and property at the shop while he was imprisoned. He was awarded almost exactly half this sum - £172
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.