The revolutionary State, partition and the civil service, 1920–21

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:
The revolutionary State, partition and the civil service, 1920–21

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Dáil Éireann continued to function despite being suppressed by the British authorities, and maintained its claim to be the only legitimate State in Ireland. The experience of those men and women who made the Dáil function as a government from the assembly of the first Dáil to the surrender of the Dublin Castle is then addressed. The new civil service of north and south in Ireland would have to be carved out of the existing Irish administration through partition. It is noted that the partition of the civil service could only be done by that committee and that, therefore, in the absence of a representative of the southern government, it could not be established. The Civil Service Committee decided to move outside the strict letter of the 1920 Act and invite applications from any civil servant serving in Ireland, whether in an Irish or an imperial department.

Keywords: partition; civil service; Dáil Éireann; British authorities; State; Ireland; Dublin Castle; Civil Service Committee; 1920 Act

Chapter.  13924 words. 

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