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The Constitution of the Irish Free State (Saorstát Eireann) Act, 1922 and Public General Acts passed by Oireachtas of Saorstát Eireann during the year 1922

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Electronic edition compiled by Margaret Lantry

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University College Cork, Ireland

2. Second draft.

Proof corrections by Karen O'Brien

Extent of text: 21360 words


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    The edition used in the digital edition.
  1. The Constitution of the Irish Free State (Saorstát Eireann) Act, 1922 and Public General Acts passed by Oireachtas of Saorstát Eireann during the year 1922.. in English language version [128 pages (including indexes)] Stationery Office (Oifig an tSoláthair)Dublin (n.d.)


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Created: By Dáil Éireann (25 October 1922)

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Language: [EN] The text is in English.
Language: [GA] There are words, phrases, and sections in Irish.

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