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The Politics of the Irish Civil War$
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Bill Kissane

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273553.001.0001

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Civil Society under Strain: Intermediary Organizations and the Civil War

Civil Society under Strain: Intermediary Organizations and the Civil War

(p.126) 6 Civil Society under Strain: Intermediary Organizations and the Civil War
The Politics of the Irish Civil War

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Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the role civil society organizations played in the civil war. It has hitherto been assumed that public opinion was strongly on the side of the pro-Treaty government, but of these civic organizations, alongside many local government councils, many remained neutral during the fighting and tried to encourage a continuation of the peace efforts which preceded the fighting. Their efforts were opposed by the elites on both sides, and those traditionally most prominent in nationalist politics became as internally divided as the Sinn Fein elite itself. One notable group — the Neutral IRA Mens' Association — became so frustrated with the pro-Treaty government that they contemplated the establishment of a moderate Republican party in the spring of 1923.

Keywords:   civil society, peace efforts, Neutral IRA, local government bodies, Sinn Fein elite

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