On Friday, August 15, Murphy walked into the delivery room of the Irish Independent, which he owned, and gave the workers an ultimatum: they had to choose between their jobs and the ITGWU
Victims contrasted with MacSwiney's earlier play not only in observing the force of a less sensationalized closing trauma, but in clearly recommending allegiance to the ITGWU.
However, the Employers' Federation, lead by William Martin Murphy, acted decisively to humble the ITGWU before it reached its full potential.
A returned James Connolly, organising for the ITGWU and the newly founded Socialist Party of Ireland in Belfast, came under fierce attack from both sides.
Equally she rallied members of the ITGWU and IWWU to attend.
Fortunately, fifteen letters he wrote to the twenty-six-year-old Winifred Carney, secretary of the Belfast branch of the ITGWU
(also at his side as his secretary during the Easter Rebellion) between December 1915 and January 1916 survive, providing a unique insight into Connolly's attitude toward the Irish Volunteers, for one.