01/12/2011

Irish Treaty Document 'Centrepiece' Of Exhibition

The Taoiseach has been looking back at the formation of the Irish State and has launched the new 'Treaty' Online Exhibition at the National Archives in Dublin.

Yesterday, Enda Kenny and Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan looked ahead to the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty that is looming.

"This took place in the aftermath of the truce, which ended the War of Independence in dramatic circumstances in 10 Downing Street in the early hours of Tuesday 6 December 1921," said Mr Kenny.

The Treaty established the Irish Free State as a self-governing dominion with independence in virtually all matters of practical government, together with complete control of its resources.

"The Treaty document that forms the centrepiece of this exhibition is completely unique in that it is the original Irish document. Its British counterpart, held by the National Archives of the United Kingdom, differs in that the signatures are juxtaposed - the English delegates have signed on the left, the Irish on the right," he added.

Documents have been released on the exhibition website and will be on a daily basis to coincide with the 90th anniversary date of the documents themselves, culminating in the online release of the Treaty on Tuesday 6 December.

(BMcC)

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