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Democracy and Change

The 1920 Local Elections in Ireland

This year marks the centenary of the local elections of 1920 (urban authorities in January and the remainder in June) which were pivotal in the history of local government in Ireland. In the context of the Decade of Centenaries, it is important to mark these events because of their significance for the struggle for independence and the enduring place of proportional representation in our political system.

Working with the Local Government Archivists and Records Managers, the Department recently commissioned the production of a booklet to commemorate the 1920 local elections. The booklet contains images and information on areas such as the political climate at the time, the War of Independence, local government reform, rural and urban district councils, county and city councils and both 1920 local elections. It also provides an insight into the highs and lows of 1920 -1925, as well as the role that women played in the 1920 local elections.

A limited number of printed publications are also available.  Please email localgovernment@housing.gov.ie with your name and address should you wish to receive a printed booklet in the post. 

Complimentary 1920 Local Elections commemorative booklet

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