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The Irish Free State
Irish Free State
(Irish: Saorstát Éireann pronounced [sˠiːɾˠsˠˈt̪ˠaːt̪ˠ ˈeːɾʲən̪ˠ]; 6 December 1922 – 29 December 1937) was a state established in 1922 under the Anglo-Irish Treaty
Anglo-Irish Treaty
of December 1921. That treaty ended the three-year Irish War of Independence
Irish War of Independence
between the forces of the self-proclaimed Irish Republic, the Irish Republican Army (IRA), and British Crown forces. The Free State was established as a Dominion
Dominion
of the British Commonwealth of Nations. It comprised 26 of the 32 counties of Ireland. Northern Ireland, which comprised the remaining six counties, exercised its right under the Treaty to opt out of the new state. The Free State government consisted of the Governor-General, the representative of the king, and the Executive Council (cabinet), which replaced both the revolutionary Dáil Government and the Provisional Government set up under the Treaty. W. T. Cosgrave, who had led both of these governments since August 1922, became the first President of the Executive Council (prime minister). The legislature consisted of Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann
(the lower house) and Seanad Éireann, also known as the Senate. Members of the Dáil were required to take an Oath of Allegiance, swearing fidelity to the king. The oath was a key issue for opponents of the Treaty, who refused to take the oath and therefore did not take their seats. Pro-Treaty members, who formed Cumann na nGaedheal in 1923, held an effective majority in the Dáil from 1922 to 1927, and thereafter ruled as a minority government until 1932. In 1931, with the passage of the Statute of Westminster, the Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
relinquished its remaining authority to legislate for the Free State and the other dominions. This had the effect of making the dominions fully sovereign nations. The Free State thus became the first internationally recognised independent Irish state. In the first months of the Free State, the Irish Civil War
Irish Civil War
was waged between the newly established National Army and the anti-Treaty IRA, who refused to recognise the state. The Civil War ended in victory for the government forces, with the anti-Treaty forces dumping their arms in May 1923. The anti-Treaty political party, Sinn Féin, refused to take its seats in the Dáil, leaving the relatively small Labour Party as the only opposition party. In 1926, when Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
president Éamon de Valera
Éamon de Valera
failed to have this policy reversed, he resigned from Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
and founded Fianna Fáil. Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
entered the Dáil following the 1927 general election, and entered government after the Irish general election, 1932, when it became the largest party. De Valera abolished the Oath of Allegiance and embarked on an economic war with Britain. In 1937 he drafted a new constitution, which was passed by a referendum in July of that year. The Free State came to an end with the coming into force of the new constitution on 29 December 1937.

Contents

1 Historical background

1.1 A war for a new independent Ireland

2 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
"opts out" 3 Governmental and constitutional structures

3.1 The Representative of the Crown 3.2 Oath of Allegiance

4 The Irish Civil War 5 The "freedom to achieve freedom"

5.1 Governance 5.2 Constitutional evolution 5.3 Currency

6 Demographics 7 After the Irish Free State 8 See also 9 References 10 Further reading

Historical background[edit] The Easter Rising
Easter Rising
of 1916, and particularly the execution of fifteen people by firing squad, the imprisonment or internment of hundreds more, and the imposition of martial law caused a profound shift in public opinion towards the republican cause in Ireland.[2] Meanwhile, opposition increased to Ireland's participation in World War I in Europe and the Middle East. This came about when the Irish Parliamentary Party supported the Allied cause in World War I in response to the passing of the Third Home Rule Bill in 1914. Many people had begun to doubt whether the Bill, passed by Westminster
Westminster
in September 1914 but suspended for the duration of the war, would ever come into effect. Due to the war situation deteriorating badly on the Western Front in April 1918, which coincided with the publication of the final report and recommendations of the Irish Convention, the British Cabinet drafted a doomed "dual policy" of introducing Home Rule linked to compulsory military service for Ireland
Ireland
which it eventually had to drop. Sinn Féin, the Irish Party and all other Nationalist elements joined forces in opposition to the idea during the Conscription Crisis of 1918. At the same time the Irish Parliamentary Party lost in support on account of the crisis. Irish republicans felt further emboldened by successful anti-monarchical revolutions in the Russian Empire
Russian Empire
(1917), the German Empire
German Empire
(1918), and the Austro-Hungarian Empire
Austro-Hungarian Empire
(1918). In the December 1918 General Election, Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
won a large majority of the Irish seats in the Westminster
Westminster
parliament of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Ireland: 73 of the 105 constituencies returned Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
members (25 uncontested). The Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
party, founded by Arthur Griffith
Arthur Griffith
in 1905, had espoused non-violent separatism. Under Éamon de Valera's leadership from 1917, it campaigned aggressively and militantly for an Irish republic. On 21 January 1919, Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
MPs (who became known as Teachta Dála, TDs), refusing to sit at Westminster, assembled in Dublin
Dublin
and formed a single-chamber Irish parliament called Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann
(Assembly of Ireland). It affirmed the formation of an Irish Republic
Irish Republic
and passed a Declaration of Independence,

the Irish people
Irish people
is resolved... to promote the common weal, to re-establish justice... with equal rights and equal opportunity for every citizen.

and calling itself Saorstát Éireann in Irish. Although the less than overwhelming majority[3] of Irish people
Irish people
accepted this course,[4] America[5] and Soviet Russia[6] were targeted to recognise the Irish Republic internationally.[7] The Message to the Free Nations of the World called on

every free nation to support the Irish Republic
Irish Republic
by recognizing Ireland's national status... the last outpost of Europe towards the West... demanded by the Freedom of the Seas.[8]

Cathal Brugha, elected President of the Ministry Pro-Tem, warned, "Deputies you understand from this that we are now done with England."[9]

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A war for a new independent Ireland[edit] The War of Independence (1919–1921) pitted the army of the Irish Republic, the Irish Republican Army (known subsequently as the "Old IRA" to distinguish it from later organisations of that name), against the British Army, the Black and Tans, the Royal Irish Constabulary, the Auxiliary Division, the Dublin
Dublin
Metropolitan Police, the Ulster Special
Special
Constabulary and the Ulster Volunteer Force. On 9 July 1921 a truce came into force. By this time the Ulster Parliament had opened, established under the Government of Ireland
Ireland
Act 1920, and presenting the republican movement with a fait accompli and guaranteeing the British permanent entanglement in Ireland.[10] On 11 October negotiations opened between the British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, and Arthur Griffith, who headed the Irish Republic's delegation. The Irish Treaty delegation (Griffith, Collins, Duggan, Barton, and Gavan Duffy) set up headquarters in Hans Place, Knightsbridge. On 5 December 1921 at 11:15 am the delegation decided during private discussions at 22 Hans Place
Hans Place
to recommend the negotiated agreement to the Dáil Éireann; negotiations continued until 2:30 am on 6 December 1921, after which the parties signed Anglo-Irish Treaty. Nobody had doubted that these negotiations would produce a form of Irish government short of the independence wished for by republicans.[original research?] The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
could not offer a republican form of government without losing prestige and risking demands for something similar throughout the Empire.[citation needed] Furthermore, as one of the negotiators, Michael Collins, later admitted (and he would have known, given his leading role in the independence war), the IRA at the time of the truce was weeks, if not days, away from collapse, with a chronic shortage of ammunition. "Frankly, we thought they were mad", Collins said of the sudden British offer of a truce – although the republicans would probably have continued the struggle in one form or another, given the level of public support.[11] Since Lloyd George had already, after the truce had come into effect, made it clear to President of the Republic, Éamon de Valera, "that the achievement of a republic through negotiation was impossible",[12] de Valera decided not to become a member of the treaty delegation and so not to risk more militant republicans labelling him as a "sellout". Yet his own proposals – published in January 1922 – fell far short of an autonomous all- Ireland
Ireland
republic.[citation needed] Sinn Féin's abstention was unambiguous. As expected, the Anglo-Irish Treaty
Anglo-Irish Treaty
explicitly ruled out a republic. It offered Ireland
Ireland
dominion status, as a state within the then British Empire – equal to Canada, Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Though less than expected by the Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
leadership, this deal offered substantially more than the initial form of home rule within the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
sought by Charles Stewart Parnell
Charles Stewart Parnell
from 1880, and represented a serious advance on the Home Rule Bill of 1914 that the Irish nationalist leader John Redmond
John Redmond
had achieved through parliamentary proceedings. However, it all but confirmed the partition of Ireland
Ireland
between Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
and the Irish Free State. The Second Dáil in Dublin
Dublin
ratified the Treaty (7 January 1922), splitting Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
in the process. Arthur Griffith
Arthur Griffith
addressing the Dail on 14 December 1921 said "Well, we have brought back Irish freedom and Irish independence ... Ireland
Ireland
is as free as Canada
Canada
and Australia".[13] Speaking in Dail Eireann on 21 September 1922, Gavan Duffy TD, one of the signatories of the treaty, stated: "The Governor-General will have to do exactly as he is told by Dominion
Dominion
Ministers, and it is proposed, and warmly advocated, that he should cease altogether to be the representative of Great Britain. Let him represent the Imperial Crown, but let Great Britain send Ambassadors to her Dominions, as she does to other countries, because they are in fact independent countries voluntarily uniting themselves with Great Britain and not a gang of subject States."[14] Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
"opts out"[edit] The Treaty, and the legislation introduced to give it legal effect, implied that Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
would be a part of the Free State on its creation,[15][16] but legally the terms of the Treaty applied only to the 26 counties, and the government of the Free State never had any powers—even in principle—in Northern Ireland.[17] The Treaty was given legal effect in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
through the Irish Free State Constitution
Irish Free State Constitution
Act 1922. That act, which established the Free State, allowed Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
to "opt out" of it.[15] Under Article 12 of the Treaty, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
could exercise its option by presenting an address to the King requesting not to be part of the Irish Free State. Once the Treaty was ratified, the Houses of Parliament of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
had one month (dubbed the "Ulster month") to exercise this option during which month the Government of Ireland
Ireland
Act continued to apply in Northern Ireland.[18] Realistically it was always certain that Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
would opt out of the Free State. The Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, Sir James Craig, speaking in the Parliament in October 1922 said that "when 6 December is passed the month begins in which we will have to make the choice either to vote out or remain within the Free State". He said it was important that that choice be made as soon as possible after 6 December 1922 "in order that it may not go forth to the world that we had the slightest hesitation".[19] On the following day, 7 December 1922, the Parliament resolved to make the following address to the King so as to opt out of the Irish Free State:[20]

MOST GRACIOUS SOVEREIGN, We, your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Senators and Commons of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
in Parliament assembled, having learnt of the passing of the Irish Free State Constitution Act, 1922, being the Act of Parliament for the ratification of the Articles of Agreement for a Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland, do, by this humble Address, pray your Majesty that the powers of the Parliament and Government of the Irish Free State shall no longer extend to Northern Ireland.

Discussion in the Parliament of the address was short. Prime Minister Craig left for London with the memorial embodying the address on the night boat that evening, 7 December 1922. The King received it the following day, The Times reporting:[21]

YORK COTTAGE, SANDRINGHAM, DEC. 8. The Earl of Cromer (Lord Chamberlain) was received in audience by The King this evening and presented an Address from the Houses of Parliament of Northern Ireland, to which His Majesty was graciously pleased to make reply.

If the Houses of Parliament of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
had not made such a declaration, under Article 14 of the Treaty Northern Ireland, its Parliament and government would have continued in being but the Oireachtas
Oireachtas
would have had jurisdiction to legislate for Northern Ireland
Ireland
in matters not delegated to Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
under the Government of Ireland
Ireland
Act. This, of course, never came to pass. On 13 December 1922 Prime Minister Craig addressed the Parliament informing them that the King had responded to the Parliament's address as follows:[22]

I have received the Address presented to me by both Houses of the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
in pursuance of Article 12 of the Articles of Agreement set forth in the Schedule to the Irish Free State (Agreement) Act, 1922, and of Section 5 of the Irish Free State Constitution Act, 1922, and I have caused my Ministers and the Irish Free State Government to be so informed.

Governmental and constitutional structures[edit]

A symbol most often associated with the new state's postal system.

The Treaty established that the new Irish Free State
Irish Free State
would be a constitutional monarchy, with a Governor-General as representative of the Crown. The Constitution of the Irish Free State
Constitution of the Irish Free State
made more detailed provision for the state's system of government, with a three-tier parliament, called the Oireachtas, made up of the King and two houses, Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann
and Seanad Éireann
Seanad Éireann
(the Irish Senate). Executive authority was vested in the King, with the Governor-General as his representative. He appointed a cabinet called the Executive Council to "aid and advise" him. The Executive Council was presided over by a prime minister called the President of the Executive Council. In practice, most of the real power was exercised by the Executive Council, as the Governor-General was almost always bound to act on the advice of the Executive Council. The Representative of the Crown[edit] Main article: Governor-General of the Irish Free State The King in the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
was represented by a Governor-General of the Irish Free State. The office replaced the previous Lord Lieutenant, who had headed English and British administrations in Ireland
Ireland
since the Middle Ages. Governors-General were appointed by the King initially on the advice of the British Government, but with the consent of the Irish Government. From 1927 the Irish Government alone had the power to advise the King whom to appoint. Oath of Allegiance[edit] As with all dominions, provision was made for an Oath of Allegiance. Within dominions, such oaths were taken by parliamentarians personally towards the monarch. The Irish Oath of Allegiance was fundamentally different. It had two elements; the first, an oath to the Free State, as by law established, the second part a promise of fidelity, to His Majesty, King George V, his heirs and successors. That second fidelity element, however, was qualified in two ways. It was to the King in Ireland, not specifically to the King of the United Kingdom. Secondly, it was to the King explicitly in his role as part of the Treaty settlement, not in terms of pre-1922 British rule. The Oath itself came from a combination of three sources, and was largely the work of Michael Collins in the Treaty negotiations. It came in part from a draft oath suggested prior to the negotiations by President de Valera. Other sections were taken by Collins directly from the Oath of the Irish Republican Brotherhood
Irish Republican Brotherhood
(IRB), of which he was the secret head. In its structure, it was also partially based on the form and structure used for ' Dominion
Dominion
status'. Although 'a new departure', and notably indirect in its reference to the monarchy, it was criticised by nationalists and republicans for making any reference to the Crown, the claim being that it was a direct oath to the Crown, a fact demonstrably incorrect by an examination of its wording. But in 1922 Ireland
Ireland
and beyond, it was the perception, not the reality, that influenced public debate on the issue. Had its original author, Michael Collins, survived, he might have been able to clarify its actual meaning, but with his assassination in August 1922, no major negotiator to the Oath's creation on the Irish side was still alive, available or pro-Treaty. (The leader of the Irish delegation, Arthur Griffith, had also died in August 1922). The Oath became a key issue in the resulting Irish Civil War that divided the pro- and anti-treaty sides in 1922–23. The Irish Civil War[edit] Main article: Irish Civil War The compromises contained in the agreement caused the civil war in the 26 counties in June 1922—April 1923, in which the pro-Treaty Provisional Government defeated the anti-Treaty Republican forces. The latter were led, nominally, by Éamon de Valera, who had resigned as President of the Republic on the treaty's ratification. His resignation outraged some of his own supporters, notably Seán T. O'Kelly, the main Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
organizer. On resigning, he then sought re-election but was defeated two days later on a vote of 60–58. The pro-Treaty Arthur Griffith
Arthur Griffith
followed as President of the Irish Republic. Michael Collins was chosen at a meeting of the members elected to sit in the House of Commons of Southern Ireland
House of Commons of Southern Ireland
(a body set up under the Government of Ireland
Ireland
Act 1920) to become Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State
Provisional Government of the Irish Free State
in accordance with the Treaty. The general election in June gave overwhelming support for the pro-Treaty parties. W. T. Cosgrave's Crown-appointed Provisional Government effectively subsumed Griffith's republican administration with the death of both Collins and Griffith in August 1922. The "freedom to achieve freedom"[edit]

Irish Free State
Irish Free State
passport (holder's name removed)

Governance[edit] The following were the principal parties of government of the Irish Free State between 1922 and 1937:

Cumann na nGaedheal under W. T. Cosgrave
W. T. Cosgrave
(1922–32) Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
under Éamon de Valera
Éamon de Valera
(1932–37)

Constitutional evolution[edit]

Overprinted stamp

Michael Collins described the Treaty as "the freedom to achieve freedom". In practice, the Treaty offered most of the symbols and powers of independence. These included a functioning, if disputed, parliamentary democracy with its own executive, judiciary and written constitution which could be changed by the Oireachtas. Although a republic had not been on offer, the Treaty still afforded Ireland
Ireland
more internal independence than it had possessed in over 400 years, and far exceeded the most optimistic goals of the Home Rule movement. However, a number of conditions existed:

The King remained king in Ireland; Prior to the passage of the Statute of Westminster, the UK government continued to have a role in Irish governance. Officially the representative of the King, the Governor-General also received instructions from the British Government on his use of the Royal Assent, namely a Bill passed by the Dáil and Seanad could be Granted Assent (signed into law), Withheld (not signed, pending later approval) or Denied (vetoed). The letters patent to the first Governor-General, Tim Healy, explicitly named Bills that were to be rejected if passed by the Dáil and Seanad, such as any attempt to abolish the Oath. In the event, no such Bills were ever introduced, so the issue was moot.

Poster promoting Irish Free State
Irish Free State
farm goods for breakfast to Canadians (" Irish Free State
Irish Free State
butter, eggs and bacon for our breakfasts").

As with the other dominions, the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
had a status of association with the UK rather than being completely legally independent from it. However the meaning of ' Dominion
Dominion
status' changed radically during the 1920s, starting with the Chanak crisis
Chanak crisis
in 1922 and quickly followed by the directly negotiated Halibut Treaty of 1923. The 1926 Imperial Conference
1926 Imperial Conference
declared the equality [including the UK] of all member states of the Commonwealth. The Conference also led to a reform of the King's title, given effect by the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927, which changed the King's royal title so that it took account of the fact that there was no longer a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The King adopted the following style by which he would be known in all of his Empire: By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland
Ireland
and the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India. That was the King's title in Ireland
Ireland
just as elsewhere in his Empire.[23] In the conduct of external relations, the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
tried to push the boundaries of its status as a Dominion. It 'accepted' credentials from international ambassadors to Ireland, something no other dominion up to then had done. It registered the treaty with the League of Nations
League of Nations
as an international document, over the objections of the United Kingdom, which saw it as a mere internal document between a dominion and the United Kingdom. Entitlement of citizenship of the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
was defined in the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
Constitution, but the status of that citizenship was contentious. One of the first projects of the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
was the design and production of the Great Seal of Saorstát Éireann which was carried out on behalf of the Government by Hugh Kennedy.

The Statute of Westminster
Westminster
(of 1931), embodying a decision of an Imperial Conference, enabled each dominion to enact new legislation or to change any extant legislation, without resorting to any role for the British parliament that may have enacted the original legislation in the past. This change made the dominions, including the Free State, de jure sovereign nations — fulfilling Collins' vision of having "the freedom to achieve freedom". The Free State symbolically marked these changes in two mould-breaking moves soon after winning internationally recognised independence:

It sought, and got, the King's acceptance to have an Irish minister, to the complete exclusion of British ministers, formally advising the King in the exercise of his powers and functions as King in the Irish Free State. Two examples of this are the signing of a treaty between the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
and the Portuguese Republic in 1931, and the act recognising the abdication of King Edward VIII
Edward VIII
in 1936 separately from the recognition by the British Parliament. The unprecedented replacement of the use of the Great Seal of the Realm and its replacement by the Great Seal of the Irish Free State, which the King awarded to the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
in 1931. (The Irish Seal consisted of a picture of 'King George V' enthroned on one side, with the Irish state harp and the words Saorstát Éireann on the reverse. It is now on display in the Irish National Museum, Collins Barracks in Dublin.)

When Éamon de Valera
Éamon de Valera
became President of the Executive Council (prime minister) in 1932 he described Cosgrave's ministers' achievements simply. Having read the files, he told his son, Vivion, "they were magnificent, son". The Statute of Westminster
Westminster
allowed de Valera, on becoming President of the Executive Council (February 1932), to go even further. With no ensuing restrictions on his policies, he abolished the Oath of Allegiance (which Cosgrave intended to do had he won the 1932 general election), the Senate, university representation in the Dáil, and appeals to the Privy Council. One major policy error occurred in 1936 when he attempted to use the abdication of King Edward VIII
Edward VIII
to abolish the crown and governor-general in the Free State with the "Constitution (Amendment No. 27 Act)". He was advised by senior law officers and other constitutional experts that, as the crown and governor-generalship existed separately from the constitution in a vast number of acts, charters, orders-in-council, and letters patent, they both still existed. A second bill, the "Executive Powers (Consequential Provisions) Act, 1937" was quickly introduced to repeal the necessary elements. De Valera retroactively dated the second act back to December 1936. Currency[edit] The new state continued to use sterling from its inception; there is no reference in the Treaty or in either of the enabling Acts to currency.[24] Nonetheless and within a few years, the Dáil passed the Coinage Act, 1926 (which provided for a Saorstát [Free State] coinage) and the Currency Act, 1927 (which provided inter alia for banknotes of the Saorstát pound). The new Saorstát pound was defined by the 1927 Act to have exactly the same weight and fineness of gold as was the sovereign at the time, making the new currency pegged at 1:1 with sterling. The State circulated its new national coinage in 1928, marked Saorstát Éireann and a national series of banknotes. British coinage remained acceptable in the Free State at an equal rate. In 1937, when the Free State was superseded by Ireland
Ireland
(Éire), the pound became known as the "Irish pound" and the coins were marked Éire. Demographics[edit] According to one report, in 1924, shortly after the Irish Free State's establishment, the new dominion had the "lowest birth-rate in the world". The report noted that amongst countries for which statistics were available (Ceylon, Chile, Japan, Spain, South Africa, Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Australia, United States, Britain, New Zealand, Finland and the Irish Free State). Ceylon
Ceylon
had the highest birth rate at 40.8 per 1,000 while the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
had a birth rate of just 18.6 per 1,000.[25] After the Irish Free State[edit] In 1937 the Fianna Fáil
Fianna Fáil
government presented a draft of an entirely new Constitution to Dáil Éireann. An amended version of the draft document was subsequently approved by the Dáil. A referendum was held on 1 July 1937, the same day as the 1937 general election, when a relatively narrow majority approved it. The new Constitution of Ireland
Ireland
(Bunreacht na hÉireann) repealed the 1922 Constitution, and came into effect on 29 December 1937. The state was named Ireland
Ireland
( Éire
Éire
in the Irish language), and a new office of President of Ireland
President of Ireland
was instituted in place of the Governor-General of the Irish Free State. The new constitution claimed jurisdiction over all of Ireland
Ireland
while recognising that legislation would not apply in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
(see Articles 2 and 3). Articles 2 and 3 were reworded in 1998 to remove jurisdictional claim over the entire island and to recognise that "a united Ireland
Ireland
shall be brought about only by peaceful means with the consent of a majority of the people, democratically expressed, in both jurisdictions in the island". With respect to religion, a section of Article 44 included the following:

The State recognises the special position of the Holy Catholic Apostolic and Roman Church as the guardian of the Faith professed by the great majority of the citizens. The State also recognises the Church of Ireland, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Religious Society of Friends
Religious Society of Friends
in Ireland, as well as the Jewish Congregations and the other religious denominations existing in Ireland
Ireland
at the date of the coming into operation of this Constitution.

Following a referendum, this section was deleted in 1973. It was left to the initiative of de Valera's successors in government to achieve the country's formal transformation into a republic. A small but significant minority of Irish people, usually attached to parties like Sinn Féin
Sinn Féin
and the smaller Republican Sinn Féin, denied the right of the twenty-six county state to use the name Ireland
Ireland
and continued to refer to the state as the Free State. With Sinn Féin's entry into Dáil Éireann
Dáil Éireann
and the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Executive at the close of the 20th century, the number of those who refuse to accept the legitimacy of the state, which was already in a minority, declined further. After the setting up of the Free State in 1923, some Protestants left southern Ireland
Ireland
and unionism there largely came to an end. See also[edit]

Irish states since 1171 "Series A" Banknotes – first issued by the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
in 1928

References[edit]

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Sinn Féin
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Dublin
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Irish Republic
1911-1923" (London 1937) Appendix 1, no.10. ^ Brollay, Sylvain, " Ireland
Ireland
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Dublin
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Irish Republic
a living fact." cited by Townshend, p.89., Military Archives, Ireland, CD 308/1/5 ^ Lee, J. J., p.47 ^ Team, Fujitsu/ Oireachtas
Oireachtas
Lotus Notes/Domino Development. "Parliamentary Debates". oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie.  ^ Team, Fujitsu/ Oireachtas
Oireachtas
Lotus Notes/Domino Development. "Parliamentary Debates". oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie.  ^ a b "The Boundary Question: Debate Resumed, Dáil Éireann, 20 June 1924". Oireachteas.ie. Retrieved 30 September 2015. Article 12 of the Treaty reads: 'If before the expiration of the said month an address is presented to his Majesty by both Houses of the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
to that effect, the powers of the Parliament and Government of the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
shall no longer extend to Northern Ireland.' By implication that is a declaration that it did extend, but after the exercise of its option this power was no longer extended.  ^ Martin, Ged (1999). "The Origins of Partition". In Anderson, Malcolm; Bort, Eberhard. The Irish Border: History, Politics, Culture. Liverpool University Press. p. 68. ISBN 0853239517. Retrieved 8 September 2015. It is certainly true that the Treaty went through the motions of including Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
within the Irish Free State while offering it the provision to opt out  ^ Morgan, Austen (2000). The Belfast Agreement: A Practical Legal Analysis (PDF). The Belfast Press. pp. 66, 68. Retrieved 25 September 2015.  ^ Gibbons, Ivan (2015). The British Labour Party and the Establishment of the Irish Free State, 1918-1924. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 107. ISBN 1137444088. Retrieved 23 September 2015.  ^ Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Parliamentary Debates, 27 October 1922 ^ Dunning, Alastair (1 October 2006). "The Stormont Papers - View Volumes". stormontpapers.ahds.ac.uk.  ^ "The Times & The Sunday Times".  ^ Dunning, Alastair (1 October 2006). "The Stormont Papers - View Volumes". stormontpapers.ahds.ac.uk.  ^ Long after the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
had ceased to exist, when Elizabeth II ascended the Throne, the Royal Titles Act 1953[1] was passed, as were other Acts concerning her Style in other parts of the Empire. Until then the British monarch had only one style. The King was never simply the "King of Ireland" or the "King of the Irish Free State". ^ Except perhaps by inference: the Treaty assigned to the Irish Free State the same status in the Empire as Canada
Canada
and the latter had already [1851—59] replaced the British Pound (with the Canadian Dollar). ^ Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume XVIX, Issue 971, 11 March 1924, Page 1

Further reading[edit]

Coogan, Tim Pat. Éamon de Valera. ISBN 0-09-175030-X.  Coogan, Tim Pat. Michael Collins. ISBN 0-09-174106-8.  Longford, Lord. Peace by Ordeal.  McCardle, Dorothy. The Irish Republic. ISBN 0-86327-712-8.  Corcoran, Donal. "Public Policy in an emerging state: The Irish Free State 1922–25". Irish Journal of Public Policy. ISSN 2009-1117. 

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Judiciary

Supreme Court High Court Chief Justice Courts of Justice Act 1924

Elections

General

1922 1923 1927 (Jun) 1927 (Sep) 1932 1933 1937

Seanad

1925

See also

Constitution (Amendment No. 27) Act 1936 External Relations Act 1936 Constitution of Ireland
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