experienced civil servants, such as Joseph
Brennan and James J. McElligott, who were quite conservative in attitude. See Leon
O’Broin, No Man’s Man: A Biographical Memoir of Joseph Brennan, Civil Servant
and First Governor of The Central Bank (Dublin, 1982).
Erskine Childers, The Framework of Home Rule (London, 1911).
Drafting the Irish Free State Constitution
and the government’s early vigorous promotion of the Irish language.80 The provision for the referendum and the initiative in the Constitution may also have been
an attempt to reduce the possibility of