This sum was out of all proportion to the requirements of the country, and the project was not free from the suspicion of bribary. The Irish Parliament was not even consulted. The reaction in Ireland was universal. Swift's famous Drapier Papers, his lampoons, and satirical verses gave the popular indignation a focus.
The Dublin Gazette for the 18th - 22nd August, 1724 contained a declaration by the Dublin merchants, refusing to import, receive or utter any of the Half-pence of Farthings coined by William Wood. Cork and Waterford followed. The government was forced to bow to the storm.