Laura Cahillane

sometimes quite divorced from any sort of reality. Garvin has noted that, because the Irish politicians had been excluded from political power, they were ‘never required to test their political ideas in the practical, everyday world, and a rather pathological divorce between political dreams and a low-grade unambitious empiricism developed in the political sub-culture of separatism’.16 Garvin has pointed out that even ‘pragmatic minds like those of Griffith and Collins tended to be infected by the impulse to retreat to political dream-worlds’.17 These dream-worlds tended

in Drafting the Irish Free State Constitution