Equal Parliamentary Suffrage Granted in 1922

The Irish Free State granted equal parliamentary suffrage in 1922. Partial suffrage for women was granted under the Representation of the People Act (1918). 

The Constitution of the Irish Free State (1922) reduced the voting age for women in elections for Dáil Éireann from 30 to 21, the same as for men. This was retained by the Constitution of Ireland (1937).

The letter below from Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Chairman, Irish Women’s Franchise League to Harry Boland, requests his support for the extension of ‘the franchise to women under thirty, on the same terms as at present granted to men’. It is marked ‘Support the measure. HB' in blue pencil.

UCDA P150/1171 Papers of Eamon De Valera. Reproduced by kind permission of UCD-OFM Partnership. 

Typescript copy letter from Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Chairman, Irish Women’s Franchise League to Harry Boland.

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