1922 – Éamon de Valera resigns as President.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

In Dáil Éireann, Éamon de Valera resigns as President stating: “In view of the vote that was taken here on Saturday and which I had definitely to oppose as one that was tending to subvert the Republic which I was elected to my present position to defend and maintain; and as it appeared to me also to be a vote which would tend to subvert the independence of the country, I could no longer continue—as I was beaten in that —I could no longer continue in my present office feeling I did not have the confidence of the House. I therefore wish to place my resignation in the hands of the Assembly.”

A motion to re-elect de Valera as President is defeated along pro and anti-treaty lines by 60 votes to 58.

Following the vote, de Valera opponent and former colleague Arthur Griffith said: “Before another word is spoken I…

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