• Donal K. Coffey
Part of the Palgrave Modern Legal History book series (PMLH)


The passage of the Constitution did not guarantee its viability. The fact that the Fine Gael party remained opposed to the theory underpinning the Constitution meant that it could have suffered the same fate as the 1922 Constitution of the Irish Free State. Notwithstanding this possibility, the British and Commonwealth governments were determined to keep Ireland within the Commonwealth if it wished it. Ultimately, the crisis between the British and Irish governments was brought to a close by the restoration of the treaty ports to Ireland, which ensured its territorial integrity.


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

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