Access the Official Report of all the Treaty debates from 14 December 1921 to 7 January 1921. Learn more about the context of each debate with our brief commentary on each day's debate.

Explore each day's debate on the Treaty

Introduction: The Second Dáil
Day 1: Wednesday, 14 December 1921
Day 2: Thursday, 15 December 1921
Day 3: Friday, 16 December 1921
Day 4: Saturday, 17 December 1921
Day 5: Monday, 19 December 1921
Day 6: Tuesday, 20 December 1921
Day 7: Wednesday, 21 December 1921
Day 8: Thursday, 22 December 1921
Day 9: Tuesday, 3 January 1922
Day 10: Wednesday, 4 January 1922
Day 11: Thursday, 5 January 1922
Day 12: Friday, 6 January 1922
Day 13: Saturday, 7 January 1922
Epilogue
Michael Knightly, chief reporter of the Treaty Debates

Michael Knightly (back left) with other members of the Treaty delegation in London | Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Michael Knightly, chief reporter of the Treaty Debates

Michael Knightly was the journalist tasked with the job of producing the written report of the Treaty Debates. A veteran of the Easter Rising, Knightly was later appointed the first Editor of Debates of the Houses of the Oireachtas.

Organising and publishing the Treaty Debates

The room where the Treaty Debates took place | Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Organising and publishing the Treaty Debates

After two years of occasional, clandestine meetings, Dáil Éireann had to organise a venue for Members to debate the Treaty. A crew of reporters was assembled to transcribe the debates, which are now an important resource for historians.

Debates and Members of the Second Dáil

The Official Report of Oireachtas debates from the First Dáil to today is available in the Debates section of this website.

For information on the Members of each Dáil, see our TDs & Senators section.

The Treaty Debates

The Illustrated London News coverage of the opening of the Treaty Debates in Dublin on 14 December 1921 | © Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

The Treaty Debates

In 1921 and 1922 we mark the centenary of the Dáil debates on the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

The discussion on the Treaty was the most significant debate in the history of the Dáil. It was a crucial moment in Ireland’s history that set a new path for Ireland.