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The civil service and the State in Ireland, 1912–18

Martin Maguire

in The Civil Service and the Revolution in Ireland, 1912–38

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077401
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702611 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719077401.003.0002
The civil service and the State in Ireland, 1912–18

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Home Rule may cut the bonds that attached the civil service to the British State and transfer it to the authority of an Irish assembly which would have to make drastic cuts. Home Rule as shaped by the 1912 bill was a system of indirect rule with local administrative responsibility. Its inevitability and the growing threat of civil war over Ulster overcame professional impartiality. As war transformed the British State, the Dublin Castle became anachronistic because it remained the same. Sir Matthew Nathan was a keen supporter of the drive to recruit civil servants of military age in Ireland. Walter Long was persuaded to act as chairman of the drafting committee on the new Home Rule Bill. The 1918 Home Rule proposal petered out, but Long was now entrenched as the cabinet liaison with the Irish administration and the primary influence on Irish legislation.

Keywords: civil service; Home Rule; British State; 1912 bill; Ulster; Dublin Castle; Sir Matthew Nathan; Ireland; Walter Long; Irish legislation

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