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The Anglo-Irish Treaty and the June pact election
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The approval of the Anglo-Irish Treaty was received with little of the boisterous enthusiasm which used to mark local political events. The treaty forced a debate on what form Irish independence would now take and the cracks began to show openly. In the Dail, the seven Galway deputies voted four to three in favour of the treaty settlement. In Galway, in an election contest with eight candidates for seven seats, the question was not who would win but who would be eliminated. The republicans were the only ones to suffer a defeat in Galway, and had other pro-treaty candidates entered the contest their position might have been more vulnerable. The Labour Party's decision to offer a challenge to the Galway panel candidates was significant. Labour's ability to sidestep the treaty debate and identify with the immediate social and economic concerns was certainly advantageous.

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