National newspapers slowly re-appraised British policy. A Freeman’s Journal editorial of 9th May questioned the continuation of executions. An Irish Independent headline of 10th May sought balance between ‘severity’ and ‘leniency’. On 11th May John Dillon denounced execution and internment in the House of Commons. Press commentary, ultimately, followed this line. The Irish Times maintained its support of government actions.
The provincial press strongly opposed the rigors of British military rule, unrigorously applied. Editorials criticised the enforcement of censorship and curfew in towns and villages. The arrest, internment and deportation of locals unconnected with the Rising provoked particular anger. John Dillon’s speech was reprinted and endorsed in most regional newspapers.