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A Slightly Revolutionary Party: Labour and Parliamentary Politics in the Early Free State

A Slightly Revolutionary Party: Labour and Parliamentary Politics in the Early Free State Jason Knirck A Slightly Revolutionary Party: Labour and Parliamentary Politics in the Early Free State In the run-up to the 1922 Dáil election, the first conducted aer t ft he signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, a Labour newspaper warned voters that, “No matter what is happening don’t let anything discourage you. We are a young party and to a great extent we are unskilled in electioneering. We shall make blunders—many of them and oen, t ft oo, and some of them may be so serious as to b fa t e al.” This statement, which echoed Pearse’s famous declaration that the Volunteers may mistakenly shoot the wrong people at first, both lowered expectations for the fledgling party and reminded voters of its decidedly n p aorn- liamentary roots. Much of the historical analysis of the Labour Party’s parliamentary launch has focused on its electoral failures and its unwillingness to articulate a radic - al mes sage, but the party actually played a crucial role in the creation and steadying of Irish democracy, despite its paucity of deputies. For one thing, the par-ty’s partic ipation in the post-revolutionary Dáils during the abstention o T re f a atn yt it http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Hibernia Review Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas

A Slightly Revolutionary Party: Labour and Parliamentary Politics in the Early Free State

New Hibernia Review , Volume 21 (4) – Mar 31, 2018

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Jason Knirck A Slightly Revolutionary Party: Labour and Parliamentary Politics in the Early Free State In the run-up to the 1922 Dáil election, the first conducted aer t ft he signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, a Labour newspaper warned voters that, “No matter what is happening don’t let anything discourage you. We are a young party and to a great extent we are unskilled in electioneering. We shall make blunders—many of them and oen, t ft oo, and some of them may be so serious as to b fa t e al.” This statement, which echoed Pearse’s famous declaration that the Volunteers may mistakenly shoot the wrong people at first, both lowered expectations for the fledgling party and reminded voters of its decidedly n p aorn- liamentary roots. Much of the historical analysis of the Labour Party’s parliamentary launch has focused on its electoral failures and its unwillingness to articulate a radic - al mes sage, but the party actually played a crucial role in the creation and steadying of Irish democracy, despite its paucity of deputies. For one thing, the par-ty’s partic ipation in the post-revolutionary Dáils during the abstention o T re f a atn yt it

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New Hibernia ReviewCenter for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas

Published: Mar 31, 2018

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