Today in Irish History: Northern Ireland Opts Out. Austin Stack. Irish Referendum

Dec 7th: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by For the Love of Being Irish)

1922: Six counties of Northern Ireland – Antrim, Armagh, Tyrone, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry formally opt out of the Irish Free State and become an autonomous entity within the United Kingdom. When Michael Collins and colleagues agreed the treaty in December 1921, they believed that a promised Boundary Commission would significantly alter the partition of Ireland and drastically reduce the size of the proposed Northern Ireland. The Boundary Commission proved to be totally ineffective and Northern Ireland remained as six counties. The first Prime of Northern Ireland was hard line unionist James Craig who was to state “All I boast of is that we are a Protestant Parliament and a Protestant State,” echoing to some extent what DeValera had stated about the Catholic Irish Free State.

James Craig, PM Northern Ireland

1879: Austin Stack, 1916 rebel and Anti-Treaty nationalist is born in Co. Kerry. Stack was originally sentenced to death for his part in the 1916 rising. As a Sinn Fein abstentionist candidate, he was elected MP for Kerry West in 1918. He fought in the Irish Civil War against the Treaty.

1972: Irish people approved The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution Act, 1972 which removed the “special position” of the Catholic Church in Irish law. The amendment was approved by 84% of the voters.

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