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The New Irish Constitution

An Exposition and Some Arguments

Edited on Behalf of The Eighty Club by

J. H. Morgan, M.A.

Professor of Constitutional Law at University College, London

Late Scholar of Balleol College, Oxford

"For the later kindness done in season, though small in comparison, may cancel a greater previous wrong" Thucydides I. 42.

Hodder And Stoughton

Londo, New York, Toronto



Introduction Part I. The New Constitution I. The Constitution: A Commentary. BY PROFESSOR J. H. MORGAN II. Irish Administration Under Home Rule. BY LORD MACDONNELL OF SWINFORD III. The Judicial Committee And The Interpretation Of The New Constitution. BY SIR FREDERICK POLLOCK IV. Constitutional Limitations Upon The Powers Of The Irish Legislation. BY SIR JOHN MACDONELL, C.B., LL.D. V. Financial Relations BY LORD WELBY VI. The Judiciary, The Police, And The Maintenance Of Law And Order. BY THOMAS F. MOLONY, K.C., HIS MAJESTY'S SECOND SERJEANT AT LAW, CROWN COUNSEL FOR DUBLIN. VII. The Present Position Of The Irish Land Question. BY JONATHAN PIM, K.C. Part I. The Fair Rent Acts and the Land Purchase Acts. Part II. The Statutes Relating to the Relief of Congestion in Ireland. Part III. Statutes Relating to the Provision of Allotments of Land and Dwellings for Agricultural Labourers in Ireland. Part IV. Compulsory Registration of Land in Ireland. Part II. A Historical Argument VIII. Irish Nationality. BY MRS. J. R. GREEN IX. Ireland As A Dependency. BY PROFESSOR A. F. POLLARD X. Ireland, 1782 And 1912 BY LORD FITZMAURICE XI. Grattan's Parliament. BY G. P. GOOCH XII. "The Government Of Ireland In The Nineteenth Century". BY R. BARRY O'BRIEN XIII. The History Of Devolution. BY THE EARL OF DUNRAVEN Part III. Contemporary Views XIV. Irish Nationalism And Liberal Principle. BY PROFESSOR L. T. HOBHOUSE XV. The Imperial Parliament (I) The State Of Parliamentary Business. BY CECIL HARMSWORTH, M.P. (II) The Tendency Towards Legislative Disintegration. A Review Of The Statute Book. BY H. DE R. WALKER (III) Colonial Forms Of Home Rule. BY SIR ALFRED MOND, BART., M.P. XVI. Contemporary Ireland And The Religious Question (I) A Catholic View. BY MONSIGNOR O'RIORDAN (II) Catholic Tolerance in Practice. (III) The Papal Decrees. (IV) Some Protestant Views. Footnotes


A word of explanation seems necessary as to the origin of this work, its design, and the obligations under which it has laid the Editor. The Committee of the Eighty Club requested me some few months ago to undertake the preparation of a book dealing with the Irish question. They did me the honour of leaving entirely to my discretion both the design of the work and the choice of the contributors. Of books about Ireland, particularly of those which wear the livery of political parties, there are enough and to spare. Most of them are retrospective. I am not insensible to the value of a historical argument as the design of the second part of this book sufficiently attests but "few indeed," as Burke has remarked, "are the partisans of departed tyranny," and it seemed to me more profitable to pay some attention to the present and the future. The restoration to Ireland of her Parliament is an event which not only appeals to the imagination of the historian, but also stimulates the speculation of the jurist, and invites the assistance of the administrator. I have, therefore, attempted in the earlier part of this book to secure a sober and dispassionate study of the new order of government by writers who can speak with the authority of a life's vocation. Their names need no commendation from me... Continue reading book >>

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