1921 – Contentious Cabinet Discussion on Treaty.

Seven members of Dail Cabinet meet to discuss the Treaty. Minutes of the discussion state that

“(T)he following members declared in favour of recommending it to the Dáil: – A. Griffith, M. Collins, R. Barton, W. Cosgrave, K O’Higgins (no vote).

Mr Griffith would recommend document on basis of its merits – the remaining members on basis of signature.

The following declared against recommending Treaty to Dáil: President DeValera, Cathal Brugha and A. Stack.”

The stage was being set for a vicious Irish Civil War.

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