Irish Church Act 1869

Irish Church Act 1869
The Irish Church Act 1869

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Long title An Act to put an end to the Establishment of the Church of Ireland, and to make provision in respect of the Temporalities thereof, and in respect of the Royal College of Maynooth
Statute book chapter 32 & 33 Vict. c. 42
Territorial extent Ireland
Royal Assent 26 July 1869
Commencement 1 January 1871
Other legislation
Related legislation Welsh Church Act 1914
Status: Current legislation
Official text of the Irish Church Act 1869 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database

The Irish Church Act 1869 (32 & 33 Vict. c. 42) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed during William Ewart Gladstone's administration.

The Act disestablished the established church in Ireland, disassociating it from the state and repealing the law that required tithes to be paid to it, a body that commanded the adherence of a small minority of the population of Ireland. It also ceased to send representatives to the House of Lords.

The passage of the Bill through Parliament caused acrimony between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, with Queen Victoria intervening personally to mediate.

The Act came into force on 1 January 1871 when the now disestablished church in Ireland became known as the Church of Ireland.

I 1868 when gladstone was elected he said that he goal was to pacify the Irish church. He thought that many of the things bein done in Ireland were wrong and needed to be righted. One of the thing that he considered wrong was the fact that Chatolic farmers had to pay tithes to the Church of Ireland. So he has now Disestablished the Church of Ireland! Though only 3% of Ireland belong to this church the disestablishment of it has some interesting effects such as Irish bishops will no longer sit in the House of Lords. One other effect is that the church proportey will be given to commisoners and they can then use it for poverty relief and for the expansion of higher education. The act was made to basically lessen the tensions and the increasing level of crime in Ireland

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