Private Secretary to Prime Minister April 26th
The Sinn Fein position round GPO has not yet been attacked but troops are being concentrated for its envelopment. House to house fighting is necessarily slow and the troops from England who are all now landed had to overcome a good deal of opposition of this sort on road from Kingstown. GOC fully appreciates necessity for disposing of Dublin situation as quickly as possible in view of Sinn Fein movements in Clare and Galway whence a considerable hostile body are reported to be marching on Athlone. There has also been some small movement in Louth but latest reports from other counties represent things as normal in them. GOC has asked for further brigade from England and I trust it will be possible to send this without delay to end present intolerable position.