The call was signed by Mrs. Nora Connolly O'Brien, Belfast; Michael Price, Dublin; Sean McGuinness, Offally; Patrick Lynch, Offally; Tom McGuire, Collinstown, Westmeath; Frank Ryan, Dublin; Sheila Humphries, Dublin; Maire Laverty, Belfast; Brian Corrigan, Mulranny, Co. Mayo; Eithne Coyle, Tir Chonaill; Patrick Norton, Athlone; Seamus McCann, Derry; Joseph Doyle, Dublin; Robert Emmett, Dublin; Patrick Gralton, Leitrim; John Joe Hooey, Leitrim; Michael Feely, Kiltoom, Co. Roscommon; George Gilmore, Dublin; Sean Mulgrew, Mulranney Co. Mayo; Peadar O'Donnell, Tir Chonaill; Liam Kelly, Dublin; James Cahill, Galway; Peter Doolan, Offally.
The intention is clear enough, but the call was the product of a variety of minds, and the result was to show that beneath the obvious agreement as to the objective lay concealed a serious disagreement as to the method of approach to the objective.
The immediate response to the call was encouraging, and the work of organising for the Congress began at once. An organising bureau was established in Dublin, and organising committees sprang into being all around the country around active republican workers. A weekly organ, the Republican Congress, was published.