A Student of History

January 13, 2007

Irish to repeal old English laws

Filed under: Ireland — John Maass @ 1:47 am

From the BBC:

The Irish government is about to repeal over 3,000 laws which were passed before Irish Independence in 1922.

“Some of the laws pre-date the Norman conquest of 1169 as all the laws of England were later transported wholesale to Ireland in 1494 in an effort by King Henry VII to stabilise Ireland.

Among the laws repealed are the Government of Ireland Act of 1920, which partitioned the island.”

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  1. Dear Sir:
    Sure and the Irish are not the type to rush things are they ? What’s it been ? Eighty-some years ? Are they writing new laws or just continuing the Ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Rome? The Republic of Ireland has never been a friend of the United States in spite of all the immigration. One can only wonder.
    Cordially ,
    David Corbett

    Comment by David Corbett — January 13, 2007 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

  2. Thank you, Mr. Corbett for your comment.
    In my opinion, however, anyone who has followed Irish politics over the last two decades can only be struck by how far the state is now from the Church, rather than how Mr. Corbett incorrectly describes it as “the Ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Rome.” One may also see this in person, as have I in my 4 trips to that island since 1997. Is Ireland a friend of the US? Yes and so are its people for the most part; what evidence is there to the contrary? You may wish to read Ireland: The 20th Century by Charles Townsend, or Tim Pat Coogan’s work in this period as well.

    Comment by John Maass — January 13, 2007 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

  3. Dear Sir ,

    I too have often visted Ireland . In WWII the Republic of Ireland chose to remain neutral while U-boats swarmed around her coast and western Europe was overrun . Hence , no friend of the U.S. Since then I don’t see any Republic of Ireland jets flying with our boys over Iraq or anywhere else -ever . Sinn Fein has always sided with the enemies of the U.S.
    While the power of the State Church has diminished , it has not be neutralized. Remember , we are not addressing individual citizens of the Republic of Ireland but its government . I doubt we will be able to agree on this topic but I will read your suggested books and urge you to view the Republic of Ireland as an objective American.
    Cordially ,
    David Corbett

    Comment by David Corbett — January 14, 2007 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

  4. Are we to believe that every country who remains neutral is an enemy of the US? I suppose the Swiss, Spanish and Swedes best be put on notice of our required enmity! Not everyone who wishes to avoid conflict, particularly in the current war in Iraq, is “an enemy” of this country. Ask yourself a very simple question: “Why would the Irish get involved in such a war?” The answer is obvious.

    Comment by John Maass — January 29, 2007 @ 3:04 pm | Reply

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