Military Service Pensions for Veterans of the Irish Revolution, 1916–1923

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In 1924 the Irish Free State government passed legislation to award pensions to veterans of the Irish revolution and Civil War. This article argues that the motivation for the pensions was the need to placate the national army after a failed mutiny in 1924 and that this explains their unusual nature in being based on service alone rather than disability. It will also explore the problems this created for defining service, examine the extension of eligibility to former republican enemies of the state and women revolutionaries in 1934, and describe the application and assessment procedure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-221
Number of pages20
JournalWar in History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • Irish revolution, pension, veteran, military service, Irish Republican Army, Irish Free State

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • History
  • Cultural Studies


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