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~ The First Dail 1919 ~
Michael Collins and The First Dail 1919
Voting in the 1918 general election occurred on 14 December (in most constituencies) Sinn Féin won 73 out of the 105 Irish seats in the Westminster parliament, Michael Collins was elected unopposed as MP for South Cork. Following a plan of abstention from the Westminster parliament, 70 of the elected candidates formed Dáil Éireann.
First Dail Meeting
The Dáil elected Cathal Brugha as its Ceann Comhairle (speaker). The following was adopted at the meeting:
Provisional Dáil Constitution
The Declaration of Independence set out the legitimate framework for the Dail, it was the parliament of the sovereign state of the "Irish Republic". In the absence of De Valera, Cathal Brugha was elected as the temporary President of Dáil Éireann. He was succeeded by Éamon de Valera on his return to Ireland in April.
Dail Eireann First Ministry
First Cabinet Ministers Dail Eireann 1919:
Dail Eireann Second Ministry
President of Dáil Éireann Éamon de Valera