Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition

Background details and bibliographic information

Constitution of Dáil Éireann

Author: Dáil Éireann

File Description

Electronic edition compiled by Audrey Murphy

2. Second draft.

Extent of text: 987 words


CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts: a project of University College Cork
College Road, Cork, Ireland—

(2005) (2008)

Distributed by CELT online at University College, Cork, Ireland.
Text ID Number: E900012

Availability [RESTRICTED]

Available with prior consent of the CELT programme for purposes of academic research and teaching only.


Dorothy Macardle, Constitution of Dáil Éireann in Dorothy Macardle The Irish Republic: a documented chronicle of the Anglo-Irish conflict and the partitioning of Ireland, with a detailed account of the period 1916-1923. Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, (1937) page 925–926


Project Description

CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts

Sampling Declaration

the whole text.

Editorial Declaration


Text has been proof-read and parsed using SGMLS.

Constructive criticism and corrections are welcome and will be credited to scholars making them.


The electronic text represents the edited text.


There are no quotations.


Soft hyphens are silently removed. When a hyphenated word (hard or soft) crosses a page-break or line-break, this break is marked after the completion of the hyphenated word.


div0=the whole text; div1=section; div2=subsection. Page-breaks are marked pb n=""/.

Standard Values

Dates are standardized in the ISO form yyyy-mm-dd.


Place names, organisational names, and personal names are not tagged.

Canonical References

The n attribute of each text in this corpus carries a unique identifying number for the whole text.

The title of the text is held as the first head element within each text.

div0 is reserved for the text (whether in one volume or many).

A canonical reference can be constructed from the page number of the text.

Profile Description

Created: by Dáil Éireann. (1919-01-21)

Use of language

Language: [EN] The whole text is in English apart from 37 words, principally references to institutions and functionaries.
Language: [GA] 37 words in Irish, principally institutions and functionaries.

Revision History

Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: E900012

Constitution of Dáil Éireann: Author: Dáil Éireann


As approved provisionally January 21st, 1919.

First Section:

Dáil Éireann shall possess full powers to legislate and shall be composed of Delegates (Teachtaí) chosen by the people of Ireland from the present constituencies of the country.

Second Section:


Full executive powers shall be held at any time by the Ministry (Aireacht) in office at the time.


The Ministry shall be composed of the following: A Prime Minister (Príomh-Aireach) chosen by Dáil Éireann, and four other Ministers, viz.:

  1. Minister of Finance (Aireach Airgid),
  2. Minister of Home Affairs (A. Gnóthaí Duthchais),
  3. Minister of Foreign Affairs (A. Gnóthaí Coigcríoch), and
  4. Minister of Defence (A. Cosanta).
The Prime Minister shall nominate the four others, and shall have power to dismiss them from office.


Every Minister must be a member of the Dáil, and shall at all times be answerable to the Dáil.


The names of Ministers must be put before the Dáil for ratification at the first assembly after their nomination by the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister

The Prime Minister shall hold office as soon as elected and the other Ministers as soon as their appointment is ratified by the Dáil.


The Dáil shall have power by vote to dismiss the Ministry or any of the Ministers from office if a written order in the form of a unanimous resolution be presented for that object seven days previously.

Section Three:

Every meeting of the Dáil shall be presided over by a Chairman (Ceann Cómhairle) or Vice-Chairman (Ceann Ionaid) chosen by the Dáil for the year. Should the Chairman and Vice-Chairman be absent, the Dáil shall select substitutes or elect a Provisional Chairman (Ceann Cómhairle Sealadach).

Section Four:

The Ministry shall receive whatever money it needs, by vote of the


Dáil. The Ministry shall be answerable to the Dáil for such moneys, and the accounts shall be audited with regard to the spending of money for the Dáil twice yearly, viz. at Samhain and Bealtaine (November and May). The auditing shall be carried out by an auditor or auditors chosen by the Dáil. No member of the Dáil shall be chosen as auditor.

Section Five:

The present is a provisional constitution, and may be altered on a written unanimous order being given to that effect seven days previously.