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Oireachtas Library marks 100 since appointment of Ireland's last Lord Lieutenant

20 Apr 2021, 09.00

Satirical cartoon depicting Dublin Castle being auctioned to peers dressed in coronets and ermine robes, 1889

This month the Oireachtas Library is marking 100 years since the appointment of the last Lord Lieutenant of Ireland by displaying a satirical 19th century cartoon about this unique role.

The Lord Lieutenant was the representative of the English monarch and resided in the Viceregal Lodge - now Áras an Uachtaráin - in Phoenix Park. The last Lord Lieutenant oversaw the implementation of the Government of Ireland Act 1920 and the Anglo-Irish Treaty, and the establishment of two home rule parliaments on the island of Ireland between 1921 and 1922.

The Library’s monthly display continues to be virtual while many staff continue to work from home.

To find out more, visit the digital exhibition of the documents in the display case.