“You are requested ... to assert before the nations of the world that [Our] claim is to the status of an independent nation, and that we will be satisfied with nothing less than our full claim - that in fact any scheme of government which does not confer upon the people... the supreme, absolute and final control of all the affairs of the country, external as well as internal, is a mockery and will not be accepted.” --Michael Collins' June 15, 1922 election address Clonakilty.

Irish Gentleman and Soldier Born of Conscience and Necessity, Gen. Michael Collins (b.1890 – d.1922)

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