Establishing the Free State
Following the Anglo-Irish treaty it was agreed that the British government would leave Ireland. Imagine how difficult it must have been for the Irish government taking over to try and establish the state from scratch. If they replaced the British system with an exact copy the Irish people would be unhappy as they would see no difference between British and Irish rule. for this reason even simple things like the red colour of the former british postal system would need to be changed while the government had much bigger things to contend with. The Government of Ireland Act of 1920 had meant that the main industry in Ireland was now part of northern Ireland. The new government needed to set up an administrative system, a justice system, a taxation system, and attempt to create employment while they themselves were very limited financially as a new state.