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For hundreds of years Ireland was ruled by Britain Ireland seen it as a time for change and began to work its way towards Ireland being a republic working towards a republic was never going to be easy and we can now see from looking back in history that it was a struggle at times The civil war in Ireland is known as one of the major events in Irish history claiming more lives than in the War of Independence But why did the civil war occur In this essay I will look at DeValera involvement and how he himself could have been the cause of the civil war in Ireland I will look at Lloyd George his own situation and how he caused the civil war to occur I will look at the oath of allegiance and the Dail its self and how they could have cause the civil warDeValera started talks with the British Prime Minister Lloyd George over Irish Independence almost straight after the War of Independence Lloyd George and DeValera agreed to meet up to formally negotiate the Anglo Irish Treaty This was brought back to the Dail and was approved DeValera sent the five members including Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith to London to negotiate the Treaty By DeValera not going to London it was seen that he was protecting himself it was seen at the time that the five members who were going to London were not the most suitable to negotiate and by DeValera going he could have got a better deal DeValera would have been better off there as he had a better understanding of what was going on and was a better negociater As stated by JJ Lee Nether one was regarded as serious negotiating material and with DeValeras refusal to go it arouse allot of controversy It seemed like DeValera was protecting himself If he had of went to London and not got the treaty
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