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The United States consular service in Ireland: appointments and conditions, 1790–1906

Bernadette Whelan

in American Government in Ireland, 1790-1913

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780719083013
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719083013.003.0001
The United States consular service in Ireland: appointments and conditions, 1790–1906

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This chapter examines the rationale behind the decision to appoint a representative in Ireland, to document the men who were selected for the posts, their reasons for applying and ultimately leaving, to identify whether the pattern of appointments to Ireland betrayed the main weakness of the nineteenth-century consular system, namely that it was flawed by being non-professional and exposed to patronage and corruption. Finally, it examines how reforms after 1856 affected the consular service in Ireland.

Keywords: Ireland; foreign service; consular system; consular service; corruption

Chapter.  24899 words. 

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