1931 – The IRA and other organisations are declared illegal in the Free State and the Catholic Church excommunicates members of all of them, including Saor Eire, which soon dissolved.

The Roman Catholic bishops issued a pastoral letter declaring that the Irish Republican Army and Saor Éire, “sinful and irreligious and no Catholic can lawfully be a member of them.” The excommunication order was extended to members of all organisations outlawed under the ‘Public Safety Act’.

The military tribunal created under the ‘Public Safety Act’ was established. The Government declared 12 organisations including Cummann na mBan, Friends of Soviet Russia, the Irish Labour Assembly, the Workers’ Revolutionary Party, the Irish Working Farmers’ Committee and the Women’s Dissent League illegal.

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  1. What were the Bishops so afraid of ?? The Catholic Church always exercised total control over practically everything and they certainly were not going to relinquish that power.

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