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Arms Dumps and the IRA, 1923-32

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John Horgan examines the attempts by the new Irish Free State government to disarm the IRA at the end of the civil war in 1923 and the way in which the issue of the IRA arms dumps rumbled on in Irish politics for the next ten years. 

Although it ended hostilities between Ireland and Britain, the signing of the Treaty between the British Government and the emissaries of the Dail (the embryo Irish Parliament) in 1921 was the prelude to a bitter civil war. The fighting broke out in 1922 between the government of the newly-formed Irish Free State, in which Michael Collins was a central figure, and members of the Irish Republican Army opposed to the Treaty, under the political leadership of Eamon de Valera.

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