The Emergency (Ireland)

The Emergency (Irish: Ré na Práinne / An Éigeandáil) was a state of emergency in Ireland in the Second World War,[1] throughout which Ireland remained neutral. It was proclaimed by Dáil Éireann on 2 September 1939,[2] allowing the passage of the Emergency Powers Act 1939 by the Oireachtas the following day.[3] This gave sweeping powers to the government, including internment, censorship of the press and correspondence, and control of the economy. The Emergency Powers Act lapsed on 2 September 1946.[4][5]