This badge, produced by the Irish Women's Franchise League, was worn by founder member Francis Sheehy Skeffington when he was executed at Portobello Barracks on 26th April 1916. The badge was returned to his wife Hanna Sheehy Skeffington after his death.
Francis Sheehy Skeffington was a supporter of home rule and was not one of the rebels participating in the rising. Francis held a meeting in an attempt to form a citizens' militia to prevent the looting that was going on in Dublin city. On his way home he was followed by a crowd of people who taunted him. They were intercepted by soldiers of the 11th East Surrey Regiment. A soldier stopped the group and arrested Sheehy-Skeffington after he admitted to sympathy for the insurgents' cause.
The execution without trial of Sheehy-Skeffington along with two journalists is considered a war crime.