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The 1st Dail Eireann 1919

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The 1st Dail Eireann met in the Mansion House in Dublin on January 21st, 1919.
At this meeting, only 27 TDs (TeachtaDala) were present.
The remainder were:

  • still in prison for Republican activities = 34
  • deported = 3
  • absent = 5
  • Irish Parliamentary Party (refused to attend) = 6
  • Ulster Unionists (refused to attend) =26
    *(at least 4 TDs represented more than one constituency)

 

At this meeting, the 27 members agreed a Dail Constitution. They also issued three important  documents & declarations:

 

  • Message to the Free Nations of the World
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Democratic Programme

 

 

 

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