Conclusion: the civil service, the State and the Irish revolution

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:
Conclusion: the civil service, the State and the Irish revolution

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The third Home Rule crisis and the emergence of proposals to partition the country, the outbreak of the First World War and then the 1916 Rising were all State-transforming moments that questioned the relationship between the civil service and the State in Ireland. The final transformation of the independent State was the accession to power in 1932 of Fianna Fáil, under whom the civil service was reinvented as the State institution that transformed the political aspirations of the governing party into economic and social outcomes. The relationship between the State and the civil service became a matter of constitutional law, fought out in the Wigg-Cochrane case that led to the first revision of the Treaty. Fianna Fáil was able to re-imagine the civil service as an agent of State-driven change and so begin to reinvent, through the semi-State corporations, the boards of the British State.

Keywords: civil service; British State; Ireland; Home Rule; First World War; 1916 Rising; Fianna Fáil; Wigg-Cochrane case

Chapter.  2082 words. 

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