IRISH FREE STATE: IRISH FREE STATE

Eire?

"I propose to give you a constitution of the type the Irish people themselves would choose if Great Britain were a million miles away." Last November fiery, wild-eyed, Manhattan-born Eamon de Valera, President of the Irish Free State, bit these words off as distracted Britain stood on the brink of the Edward-Simpson crisis.

With Britain excited and distracted last week by prodigious preparations for crowning King George VI (see p. 19), President de Valera put his cards on the table, published the text of his new constitution, which more than fulfills the November...

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