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 [ Early Tudor period ]
 [ The Reformation ]
 [ Fitzgerald & O'Neill wars ]
 [ Early Stuart kings ]
 [ Cromwellian Settlement ]
 [ Williamite war and the  Protestant ascendancy ]
 [ Revolutionary influences ]
 [ The Union ]
 [ Home Rule crisis & WW I ]
 [ Irish Revolution ]
 [ Partition of Ireland ]
 [ Irish civil war ]
 [ Cosgrave government ]
 [ De Valera period ]
 [ Éire ]
 [ Republic of Ireland ]
 [ Bloody Sunday ]
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[ Chapter 18 ] - [ Republic of Ireland ]
 

On Easter Monday, April 18, 1949, 30 years after the Easter Rising, Éire became the Republic of Ireland, formally free of allegiance to Britain and no longer a member of the Commonwealth.

In the following month, the British parliament confirmed the status of Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom until its own parliament choose otherwise.

It allowed the Republic of Ireland to retain the economic benefits of Commonwealth membership and, in keeping with this, it extended to Irish citizens resident in the United Kingdom the same rights as British citizens.

Ireland granted British citizens residing in the republic similar benefits, not including political rights. The republic became a member of the UN on December 14, 1955.

It declined to join NATO, however, since this would have entailed entering into an alliance with the United Kingdom, which retained possession of Northern Ireland.


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