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arms crisis

arms crisis  

(1970).This became public on 6 May 1970, when two Fianna Fáil ministers, Neil Blaney (agriculture and fisheries) and Charles Haughey (finance), were dismissed by the taoiseach, Jack Lynch, for ...
Blueshirts

Blueshirts  

Popular name for the Army Comrades' Association, a political movement formed by ex‐servicemen from the Free State army in February 1932. In reaction to the unexpected victory of de Valera ...
Centre Party

Centre Party  

(more correctly the National Centre Party), a political party whose formation, arising from a decision by the National Farmers' and Ratepayers' League (founded 6 Oct. 1932), was agreed on 4 ...
Clann na Talmhan

Clann na Talmhan  

(‘party of the land’), political party founded on 29 June 1939. Initially confined to the west of Ireland, it later extended its organization in the east and south. The party ...
Commission on Vocational Organization

Commission on Vocational Organization  

Appointed by the Fianna Fáil government in 1939 to report on the practicability of developing vocational organization in Ireland; the means of achieving this; the rights and powers that should ...
Cumann na nGaedheal

Cumann na nGaedheal  

(‘party of the Irish’), political party formally launched on 8 April 1923. The core of the party consisted of the pro‐treaty members of Sinn Féin returned in the 1922 general ...
Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil  

Irish political party. Its main aim was to create a united republican Ireland, politically and economically independent of Britain. Eamon de Valera founded the Party in 1926 from opponents of the ...
Garret Fitzgerald

Garret Fitzgerald  

(1926–2011)Irish politician, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland (1981–82; 1982–87). He was leader of Fine Gael (1977–87) and negotiated the controversial Anglo-Irish agreement in 1985.
interparty government

interparty government  

(coalition),government in which two or more parties share posts and agree on a common set of policy priorities. Though not so called, the Cosgrave government formed in October 1927 ...
Ireland

Ireland  

After decades of prosperity Ireland's economy crashed following the global financial crisisThe Republic of Ireland occupies 80% of the island of Ireland. The remainder, Northern Ireland, is a part of ...
Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch  

(1917–99)Irish Fianna Fáil politician, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland (1966–73; 1977–79). He led Ireland into the European Community in 1973.
John A. Costello

John A. Costello  

(1891–1976)Irish Fine Gael politician, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland (1948–51; 1954–57).
John Bruton

John Bruton  

(1947– )Irish Fine Gael statesman, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland (1994–97).
Labour Party, Ireland

Labour Party, Ireland  

Founded by James Connolly and James Larkin in 1912, it is the oldest party in Ireland, and the only one which predates independence. Broadly nationalist, its most significant contribution has been as ...
Liam Cosgrave

Liam Cosgrave  

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(b. 30 Apr. 1920).Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of the Irish Republic 1973–7 Born in Dublin, the son of William T. Cosgrave, he was educated at King's Inns, Dublin. He then served in the army, and was ...
Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson  

(b. 21 May 1944).President of the Irish Republic 1990–7 Born in Ballina, Co. Mayo, and educated at Trinity College Dublin (BA 1967, MA 1970, LLB 1967), King's Inns Dublin and Harvard University (LLM ...
Progressive Democrats

Progressive Democrats  

Political party founded in 1985 by Desmond O'Malley and other dissident members of (mostly) Fianna Fáil. The party urged neoliberal economic strategies, and a moderate line on the partition question ...
William Thomas Cosgrave

William Thomas Cosgrave  

(1880–1965)Irish nationalist and first president of the Irish Free State (1922–32).Born in Dublin, he became an assistant publican before fighting as an Irish Volunteer in the Easter Rising in Dublin ...

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