Cumann na nGaedheal and the civil service, 1923–32
in The civil service and the revolution in Ireland, 1912–38
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The Cumann na nGaedheal government was deeply affected by the crisis of legitimation that continued to surround the State in Ireland. This government, which built new State organisations and the new State, would relate to its civil service. The Cumann na nGaedheal party was the inheritor of John Redmond and the Irish Parliamentary Party rather than Griffith and Sinn Féin. The most effective organisation that the Irish civil service had ever generated was the pre-independence General Committee of Irish Civil Servants. The Wigg-Cochrane case was the turning point in the whole constitutional relationships between Great Britain, the Irish Free State and the British Dominions. The time and effort of the case had the effect of identifying the civil service organisations with those civil servants who were retiring, and of making them seem of little relevance to the vast majority that were staying on.

The civil service and the revolution in Ireland, 1912–38

‘Shaking the blood-stained hand of Mr Collins’

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