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Ireland Joins the Free Nations of the World
First Meeting of Dail Eireann:
O’Connor (Fergus) publisher, Ireland’s Address to the Free Nations of the World, Official English Translation. Roy 8vo D. 1919, FIRST EDN., 3pp. some marks.
* Extremely Rare. Having Proclaimed her Independence at the First Meeting of Dail Eireann held in the Mansion House, Dublin, Tuesday, 21st January 1919, this historic address was then sent out to the Free Nation of the World.
* An extremely rare document. The declaration states that ‘whereas the Irish people is by right a free people: and whereas for seven-hundred years the Irish people has never ceased to repudiate and has repeatedly protested in arms against foreign usurpation… Now therefore we, the elected representatives of the ancient Irish people in National Parliament, Assembled, do, in the name of the Irish Nation, ratify the establishment of the Irish Republic and pledge ourselves and our people to make this declaration effective by every means at our command… ‘ The declaration was adopted by acclamation, as the first substantive business on the first day’s meeting of The First Dail, when the Sinn Fein M.P.s. elected at the British General Election of 1918 (those not in jail) met & declared themselves to be Ireland’s sovereign Parliament.
This document was vehemently suppressed by the British, and very few copies have survived. (1)

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