1921 – Dáil Éireann begins Anglo-Irish treaty debate.

Dail starts debating Treaty. Major disagreement arose between Michael Collins and Eamonn De Valera as to the power of the plenipotentiaries (negotiators) to conclude a treaty. In a highly charged public session Michael Collins alluded to the fact that he had been called a traitor for signing the agreement in London.

Treaty Debate: http://historical-debates.oireachtas.ie/D/DT/D.T.192112140002.html

Late at a private Dail Eireann session, Eamonn de Valera proposed an Alternative Treaty of Association between Ireland and the British Commonwealth to void the agreement signed by Michael Collins and other treaty negotiators.

De Valera’s Proposed Alternative Treaty: http://historical-debates.oireachtas.ie/D/DT/D.P.A.170001.html

Photo: Attending the Treaty debates, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin: Mrs O’Callaghan, widow of the Mayor of Limerick, and Mrs Mary MacSwiney, sister of Terence who died on hunger strike.

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