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Penal Laws


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In the history of Ireland, the Penal Laws were a series of laws imposed in an attempt to force Irish Catholics and Protestant dissenters to accept the established Church of Ireland. The majority of the penal laws were removed in the period 1778-1793 with the last of them of any significance being removed in 1829. Notwithstanding, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland by the Government of Ireland Act 1920 contained an all purpose clause removing any that might technically still then be in existence.
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    • Stuart and Cromwellian rule 

    • 1660–1693 

    • Ascendancy rule 1691–1778 

    • The Catholic Committees 

    • Gradual reform and emancipation 1778–1869 

    • Government of Ireland Act 1920 

    • Mentioned into the 20th century