A short history of the Irish Republic in 65 words

Congalltee

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Declared by Pearse,
Partitioned by Lloyd George,
Negotiated by Collins,
Stabilised by Cosgrave,
Re-Constituted and reprieved from war by De Valera,
Re-declared by Costello,
Made productive by Lemass,
Conceded to Europe by Lynch,
Chaired by Cosgrave,
Near bankrupted by Lynch,
Corrupted by Haughey,
Saved from the abyss by Fitzgerald,
Recovered by Haughey,
Governed briefly by Reynolds and Bruton,
Treasonably betrayed by Ahern,
Finally bankrupted by Cowen.
 


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You forgot to mention "Near Bankrupted by Dev" and "Corrupted by Dev"
 

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You forgot to mention "Near Bankrupted by Dev" and "Corrupted by Dev"
The 1937 Constitution and effective neutrality were of far greater significance then the mixed effects of the economic war and the Irish Press.
Similarily, there is no mention of Ahern's one positive contribution - his part in the peace process.

Afterall if is a short history. Feel free to submit your own.
 

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Shouldn't St Lenny be mentioned in despatches?
He will be a footnote in history. Future historians will struggle to understand how Cowen appointed a man with no economic knowledge as minister for finance and retained him even after admitting not reading vital reports and being diagnosed with a life threatening illness.
 

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'Recovered by Haughey'?

The guy poisoned Irish politics beyond salvation. All the rest were just well-meaning ninnies hopelessly trapped in the Republic's civil war politics, which was supported by the electorate.
 

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all maintained the status quo to ensure the british system of exploitation and deliver us where we are today
 

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He will be a footnote in history. Future historians will struggle to understand how Cowen appointed a man with no economic knowledge as minister for finance and retained him even after admitting not reading vital reports and being diagnosed with a life threatening illness.
Is it a footnote or a blot? I think you underestimate the damage he's done. Cowen is a blustering buffoon who would be long gone by now if Lenihan wasn't propping him up with his mastery of the discipline of spin. Pity future generations that that is the only talent he posseses.
 

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'Recovered by Haughey'?

The guy poisoned Irish politics beyond salvation. All the rest were just well-meaning ninnies hopelessly trapped in the Republic's civil war politics, which was supported by the electorate.
In an economic sense. The implementation of the Programme for National Recovery was one of Haughey's most important contributions. Fitzgerald for all his good intentions could notimplement the full rigour of cuts required. Haughey did, as shown by the fall in the deficit from the Fitzgerald era to Haughey's. I don't expect anyone to like or respect the man but he should get whatever credit is due to him for his latter period in office.
 

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Declared by Pearse,
Partitioned by Lloyd George,
Negotiated by Collins,
Stabilised by Cosgrave,
Re-Constituted and reprieved from war by De Valera,
Re-declared by Costello,
Made productive by Lemass,
Conceded to Europe by Lynch,
Chaired by Cosgrave,
Near bankrupted by Lynch,
Corrupted by Haughey,
Saved from the abyss by Fitzgerald,
Recovered by Haughey,
Governed briefly by Reynolds and Bruton,
Treasonably betrayed by Ahern,
Finally bankrupted by Cowen.
Liquidated by Lenihan

or maybe

Looted by Lenihan
 

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Officially, there is no such place as "The Irish Republic". The name of this state is Ireland. Costello declared the country a republic but didn't put the word in its name, and while "Republic of Ireland" is sometimes used (notably by the soccer team), "Irish Republic" never is.
 

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Officially, there is no such place as "The Irish Republic". The name of this state is Ireland. Costello declared the country a republic but didn't put the word in its name, and while "Republic of Ireland" is sometimes used (notably by the soccer team), "Irish Republic" never is.
Officially, no. But "The Republic" was declared by Pearse and it did not stop just South of Newry.

Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State
 

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Not my most inspired effort, but here's my take on it FWIW:

Windy rainy island
The hills a blaze of yellow whins
The rocky coast battered by crashing waves
The people knocked down, get up again, and again and again.
They tackle wave after wave of invaders
and are finally defeated by their own leaders.
But nothing is ever final on this windswept island.
We will get up again.
 
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SeamusNapoleon

'Stabilised by Cosgrave'

- I think you're talking about the subservient Commonwealth state there.
 

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Why is there no mention of a Repressive Religious Order from Rome taking over when the British left?
 

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He will be a footnote in history. Future historians will struggle to understand how Cowen appointed a man with no economic knowledge as minister for finance and retained him even after admitting not reading vital reports and being diagnosed with a life threatening illness.
Future historians with be utterly baffled by his choice of Tanaiste, given that she is possessed of no discernible talent whatsoever beyond the use of profane language.
 

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Similarily, there is no mention of Ahern's one positive contribution - his part in the peace process.
If not for the machinations of Pearse and Devil Eire, there might not have been need for a "peace process".
 

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Joyce did it best...

This lovely land that always sent
Her writers and artists to banishment
And in a spirit of Irish fun
Betrayed her own leaders, one by one.
'Twas Irish humour, wet and dry,
Flung quicklime into Parnell's eye;
'Tis Irish brains that save from doom
The leaky barge of the Bishop of Rome
For everyone knows the Pope can't belch
Without the consent of Billy Walsh.
O Ireland my first and only love
Where Christ and Caesar are hand and glove!


That's 80 words, but close enough.
 

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Officially, no. But "The Republic" was declared by Pearse and it did not stop just South of Newry.
Well if youre gonna take that route, St Eoin MacBollix declared Mayo a soverign kingdom in 885.
So that means Mayo is an independant nation, right?
 

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Declared by Pearse,
It was declared a good many times before the lad who had to prove he wasn't English got around to it.

Hinted at by Cromwell
Denied by the Monarchy
Declared by Humbert
Denied by the English
Declared by Emmet
Denied by the British (including the Irish)
Declared by Young Ireland
Denied by the British (including the Irish)
Declared by the Fenians
Denied by the British (including the Irish)
Declared by Pearse
Denied by the Irish
Declared by the Irish
Wasn't an actual Republic.

Well done though, we're right ones!
 


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