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Constitution must align with values of Markievicz, not de Valera

De Valera excluded women from politics and relegated them to domestic sphere

  • Sonja Tiernan
  • The Irish Times

Sinn Féin were arguably the biggest victors of the 1918 British general election. Their triumph included the election of Constance Markievicz, the first elected female MP.

Marki 1aIn line with Sinn Féin policy, elected members refused their seats in the House of Commons but instead formed the first Dáil Éireann in 1919.

On her release from prison, Markievicz returned to Ireland and to her first sitting at the Dáil. She was nominated minister for labour, making her the…

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