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Why Church-State relations in Ireland are unlike anywhere else

Despite what is now commonly held to be fact, there was no โ€˜all powerful Catholic Church.โ€™ Large sections of the population had opposed the hierarchy by supporting violence during the agrarian conflict, by supporting Parnell after his fall from grace, or by supporting the anti-Treaty side in the Civil War of 1922-1923. However, unlike in other Catholic countries, this opposition did not lead to the creation of any anti-clerical party.