Property Losses (Ireland) Committee (PLIC) file for photographer Joseph Cashman, covering losses incurred to his studio and equipment, due to a fire at the Freeman's Journal Ltd.
Cashman was a noted Irish photographer:
"His most striking and familiar photographs, requiring little description, include a police baton charge on O'Connell St., Dublin, during the great lockout of 1913; Labour leader James Larkin passionately addressing an audience with arms upraised, the image that (although taken some years later than 1913) inspired Oisin Kelly’s monumental statue of Larkin on O'Connell St.; Dublin Fire Brigade at the Easter rising, 1916; Éamon de Valera opposing conscription in Ireland, 1918; the first Dáil Éireann at the Mansion House, Dublin, 1919; the viceroy, Lord French, reviewing the RIC on his departure from Ireland, 1921; the Four Courts explosion, 1922, and Michael Collins with the National Army general staff at the funeral of Arthur Griffith in the same year. "
(Patrick Long. 'Cashman, Joseph'. Dictionary of Irish Biography.)
Cashman lived at 3 Haliday Square, Dublin. He submitted a claim to PLIC in the amount of £13 17s 3d for photographic equipment that was destroyed when the Freeman’s Journal newspaper premises on Middle Abbey Street, just one street away from the General Post Office, were destroyed during Easter Week. A payment of £10 was approved.
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.