Podcast: The General Election of 1923

In August 1923 the Irish Free State had its first general election after the Irish Civil War. Cathal Brennan and John Dorney are joined by Mel Farrell and Elaine Callinan on the new book on the subject they edited with Thomas Tormey. First broadcast on the Irish History Show.

We discuss:

  • How free and fair was the election with the country still mostly under martial law and some 12,000 still imprisoned?
  • What were the messages of the main pro and anti-Treaty parties?
  • What was the role of minor parties and independents?
  • Did the election lay the groundwork for the endurance of Irish democracy?

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