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Forthcoming release of compensation claims during the War of Independence and Civil War


Records for Compensation Claims relating to personal injuries or death during the period of the War of Independence and Civil War are to be released to the public in April 2023.

A series of more than 3,500 files consisting of claims for damages by individuals for injuries or death during the War of Independence or Civil War have been transferred from the Department of Finance to the National Archives. Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue TD visited the National Archives to announce the transfer of this much awaited collection. Work will now begin on these files preparing them for public release next year.

This collection contains first-hand accounts by claimants including medical and personal data relating to events during a turbulent period in our history. The collection is heart-breaking on a very human level, demonstrating that people of all ages, from all and no sides, were affected in varying ways during these difficult years. The files relate to ordinary men, women and children going about their daily lives; in cities, towns, on farms or in businesses who were either deliberately targeted or shot, or accidentally caught in crossfire or bomb blasts.

See here for further information on the records.