The National Archives is currently listing the Finance Compensation (post-truce) files, which deal with claims for compensation for loss of or damage to property that occurred as a result of military action between July 1921 and March 1923, under the Damage to Property (Compensation) Act, 1923.
These files record the name and address of the claimant and the amount paid in compensation and also a brief narrative of the military action or incident that led to the loss of the property, along with an inventory of the property lost. Using these files, a detailed picture of every incident causing loss of, destruction of, or damage to property during the Civil War can be established. This collection consists of about 20,000 files and listing work has been made possible through specific funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
To date, five counties have been listed as noted below and lists of further counties will become available as they are completed. To view the lists of files for each county, just click on the links below. Images of the files are not available and the files can be inspected in our Reading Room.
- County Cork (FIN/COMP/2/4)
- County Kerry (FIN/COMP/2/8)
- County Limerick (FIN/COMP/2/13)
- County Longford (FIN/COMP/2/14)
- County Louth (FIN/COMP/2/15)
The archives of earlier compensation schemes covering 1916 and the period of the War of Independence, are also held in the National Archives. Work on the Property Losses (Ireland) Committee files, mainly covering claims for damage to property in Dublin during the 1916 Rising, is currently underway and it is expected that these files will be made available later in 2014. The Compensation (Ireland) Commission or Shaw Commission, had been established by the British government and the Irish provisional government to examine claims that occurred during the period January 1919-July 1921. The majority of the latter record only the name and address of the claimant and the amount paid in compensation.
Further releases of the Post-Truce (Damage to Property (Compensation) Act 1923) compensation files will be searchable from this page as and when those for the remaining counties are listed.