Property Losses (Ireland) Committee application for Margaret McKane.
Margaret McKane lived at 10 Henry Place, Dublin, the laneway adjacent to 16 Moore Street where Patrick Pearse held the final Council of War prior to unconditionally surrendering on April 29, 1916. Her 16-year old daughter Brigid was shot dead during Easter Week and her husband Thomas sustained 'five bullet wounds to the breast'.
Margaret submitted a claim to the Property Losses (Ireland) Committed for £24 6s 9d for damage to jewellery and personal effects which included her husband's suit and children's clothing. In spite of their great loss the McKanes were awarded just £20. The assessor remarked that 'the claimant has receipts...and appears respectable'.
The claim form is signed with an 'X' as Margaret could not write. It was witnessed by Mr. Vincent P. Dalton of nearby Batchelor's Walk.
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.