When Winston Churchill, looking back in the late 1920s upon the war and its immediate aftermath, made this relieved comment, he assumed that the Irish question which had so troubled British political life during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries had in large measure been answered. The withdrawal of Dillon’s remnant of the Irish Nationalist Party from Westminster and the more strident refusal of Sinn Fein, triumphant in the 1918 elections, to attend there at all, had been followed by the ‘Articles of agreement for a Treaty between Great Britain and Ireland’ in December 1921. This Agreement formally separated the bulk of Ireland’s political representatives from the British Parliament, leaving that overburdened legislature mercifully freer to proceed with what it considered more significant affairs, both national and international.
KeywordsLand Annuity British Government Irish Government Privy Council Defence Treaty
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- 1.W. S. Churchill, The Aftermath (Thornton, Butterworth, 1929) p. 283.Google Scholar