Drafting the Irish Constitution, 1935–1937

Transnational Influences in Interwar Europe

  • Donal K. Coffey

Part of the Palgrave Modern Legal History book series (PMLH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Donal K. Coffey
    Pages 1-39
  3. Donal K. Coffey
    Pages 41-54
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    Pages 55-83
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    Pages 145-186
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    Pages 253-279
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 281-312

About this book


The second of two volumes, this book situates the drafting of the Irish Constitution within broader transnational constitutional currents. Donal K. Coffey pioneers a new method of draft sequencing in order to track early influences in the drafting process and demonstrate the importance of European influences such as the German, Polish, and Portuguese Constitutions to the Irish drafts. He also analyses the role that religion played in the drafting process, and considers the new institutions of state, such as the presidency and the senate, tracing the genesis of these institutions to other continental constitutions. Together with volume I, Constitutionalism in Ireland, 1932–1938, this book argues that the 1937 Constitution is only explicable within the context of the European and international trends which inspired it.


drafts of the Irish Constitution Constitution drafting process doctrine of unenumerated rights Irish continental constitutionalism Eamon de Valera Fianna Fail Bunreacht nahEireann Constitution Committee of 1934 John Hearne John Charles McQuaid Fr. Denis Fahey Irish political life in 1930s 1932 general election Oireachtas of the Irish Free State

Authors and affiliations

  • Donal K. Coffey
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for European Legal HistoryFrankfurt am MainGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-76245-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-76246-3
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