Date with history: Ireland’s stability is shaken

December 6, 1921: A century after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Brexit has altered the balance, writes Brigid Laffan

The World Today Published 3 December 2021 2 minute READ

Brigid Laffan

Emeritus Professor, European University Institute

After six tumultuous years beginning with the 1916 Easter Rising, the British government and representatives of Sinn Féin signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty on December 6, 1921.

The impact of the treaty reaches through the ages into today. The creation of an independent Ireland cemented the partition on the island – and this border continues to be contested. It has left an indelible mark on the Irish party system and on wider international dynamics.

Subscribe to read all issues

Articles from the current issue are free to read by all, the archive is exclusive to magazine subscribers and our members. Subscribe or become a member to view articles from the archive.