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International newspaper coverage of the Treaty Debates

After years of war and months of negotiations the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed in the early hours of 6 December 1921 by Irish and British delegations in London. In Dublin, a fierce debate began in Dáil Éireann over the terms of the agreement, ending with a vote to ratify on 7 January 1922.

It was clear from international media coverage of the Dáil debates that the general view of the Anglo-Irish Treaty was a positive one. Even where some of the terms were considered unfair many saw it as an acceptable means of bringing an end to the terrible violence of the previous few years, with the possibility of negotiating further in the future. As the final days of the debate came in early January differing accounts were given across the world about the likely outcome.