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(1914) Government of Ireland Act 1914: An Act to Amend the Provision for the Government of Ireland

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(4 & 5 Geo. 5 c. 90)

Also known as the Home Rule Act, this Act provided for a devolved government in Ireland. It was first introduced in 1912 and debated in Parliament for two years before passing. However, on the same day it was given Royal Assent, a Suspensory Act was passed, formally suspending the Government of Ireland Act for twelve months due to the outbreak of WWI.

Following the Easter Rising 1916 and the Irish Civil War, the Government of Ireland Act was further postponed and never came into effect. It was superseded in 1920 by the Government of Ireland Act, 1920, and in turn, the Anglo-Irish treaty in 1921 and the partition of Ireland into Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State.

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