“8 men killed… Please send large force of military or police to Slane at once”

Wire from Commissioner Belfast, handed in at 1-3a.m.

Received at 2a.m. on 29\4.

Following wire received from Head Cost. Slane tonight.

C.I. Gray seriously wounded, D.I. killed 8 men killed, 16 w wounded. Force Disarmd. Please send large force of military or police to Slane at once, have seen G.O.C. and don’t think he proposes sending troops, cannot spare police.

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