The two 'national questions' we must answer

The two 'national questions' we must answer

It is only in reading the 1921 Dáil Treaty debates that it becomes clear how similar Michael Collins’s position was to the one Theresa May is in today.

In 1921, Minister for Foreign Affairs Arthur Griffith introduced the Treaty of Independence in an address to the Dáil. He described it as “the first Treaty between the representatives of the Irish government and the representatives of the English government since 1172 signed on equal footing. It is the first Treaty that admits the equality of Ireland”.

Griffith went on to claim: “We have brought back the flag; we have brought back the evacuation of Ireland...

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