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The Reception of the Irish Constitution: May–July 1937

  • Donal K. Coffey
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Part of the Palgrave Modern Legal History book series (PMLH)

Abstract

The fact that the Constitution was drawn up by a small group meant that it was unclear how it would be treated when it was released to the wider world. The other parties in the Free State perceived it as a party measure and opposed it. Significantly, the provisions relating to women prompted a feminist response and a campaign for equality in the Constitution. Notwithstanding this opposition, the measure passed. The document was inspired by continental constitutions, and the reaction of countries in Europe and internationally is also assessed here.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donal K. Coffey
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for European Legal HistoryFrankfurt am MainGermany

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