Britain’s contemporaneous (1845 through 1850) hand-written WO 379/7, “Disposition of the Army” records (photocopies in my possession) refute President Higgins. They show that, far from a policy of “non-intervention,” Britain massively intervened in Ireland throughout 1845-1850; that it took more than half (67 regiments) of Britain’s empire army (of 126 regiments and two sub-regimental brigades) to enforce the removal of Ireland’s abundant foods to the ports for export.
The commander-in-chief of the sixty-seven food removal regiments throughout those six years was General Sir Edward Blakeney. In 1849, as General Blakeney and his troops neared successful completion of mission, Queen Victoria conferred on Blakeney an Order of the Bath.
Are the Irish government unique on Earth in concealing a genocide of their own people?
⏩ Chris Fogarty is author of Ireland 1845-1850: the Perfect Holocaust, and Who Kept it ‘Perfect’.