The Irish parliament, 1613–89

The evolution of a colonial institution

By Coleman A. Dennehy

The Irish parliament, 1613–89


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3335-9
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: May 2019
  • BIC Category: Early Modern History, Ireland, Central / national / federal government, 17th century, c 1600 to c 1699, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Stuart Era (1603-1714), Parliamentary & Legislative Practice, Ireland, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
  • Series: Studies in Early Modern Irish History


The Irish parliament was both the scene of frequent political battles and an important administrative and legal element of the state machinery of early modern Ireland. This institutional study looks at how parliament dispatched its business on a day-to-day basis. It takes in major areas of responsibility such as creating law, delivering justice, conversing with the executive and administering parliamentary privilege. Its ultimate aim is to present the Irish parliament as one of many such representative assemblies emerging from the feudal state and into the modern world, with a changing set of responsibilities that would inevitably transform the institution and how it saw both itself and the other political assemblies of the day.


List of tables
1 Introduction
2 Petitions and the administration of justice
3 Making law: bills and acts
4 Officers and servants of parliament
5 Privilege, precedent, and self-regulation
6 Conclusion


Coleman A. Dennehy was formerly Irish Research Council Marie Sklodowska-Curie Elevate Fellow at the School of History, University College Dublin. He now lectures in history at the University of Limerick.

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