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Two Irelands
in Michael Logue and the Catholic Church in Ireland, 1879–1925
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This chapter discusses Logue's death as a watershed in some respects. The hierarchy had already begun the process of necessary adaptation to life in the two Irelands. Before his death, Logue acknowledged the depth of division within the Irish Free State. His support for the government had remained constant after the end of the civil war and on the eve of the general election, at the end of 1923, he told the electors of Dundalk to ‘go forward as a body in support of the Ministry’. The politicization of the sacraments during the civil war had separated a large section of the population from the Church. In some respects, Logue's death marked a turning point in the relationship between nationalists and the state of Northern Ireland. With his passing, the policy of non-recognition lost one of its most distinguished and consistent proponents. The commission sat in 1925 amid a general election on the border issue. There was a dawning realisation among nationalists, however, that the commissions merely confirm the boundaries of Northern Ireland and not redraw them.

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