Reported in the News Letter on December 12, 1936: Irish Free State passes Bills to curtail King’s power


Fundamental changes in the Irish Free State Constitution – abolition of the Governor-Generalship and deletion from the Constitution, and all internal activities, of the King’s name – were embodied in Bills which came before the Free State Chamber of Deputies yesterday on the eve of the new King’s Accession.

There was strong criticism from several parts of the Chamber on the ground that the Bills would damage the Free State’s relationship with the Commonwealth and that they were being rushed.

The Bills seek to bring about a form of external association with the British Empire in accordance with Mr De Valera’s programme. The Bills mean that although the King’s name will not appear in official documents, he is recognised, but will not have power in internal affairs.

The first series of changes were passed by the Chamber last night after long debate, the voting being – For the Bill, 79; against, 54, the Labour Party voting with the Government.