Everyone knows (or do they?) that Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith signed the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty. Less well known is Eamonn Duggan (1874-1936) who lived at 1 Ardenza Terrace near Seapoint Station - he was also a signatory. The treaty was signed on Oct 6th 1921.
A lawyer by profession, he was active in 1916 and was imprisoned, and then released under the 1917 amnesty. In 1918 was elected to the UK parliament for his native Meath. In the same year he was also elected to the first Dail.
He was jailed in November 1920 (with Arthur Griffith, Eoin MacNeill and others) and released in July 1921. For the next 3 months, he was involved in the treaty negotiations in London. In addition to his role as a legal negotiator, he appears to have been in charge of documentation on the Irish side.
He was made Minister for Home Affairs in the new provisional government. A last-minute insert in the 1922 Thom's Directory (see below left) shows that he was the most powerful ministry after Collins himself. He was replaced by Kevin O Higgins in the reshuffle following the deaths of Collins and Griffith. At that time he was the only member of the original treaty signators retaining cabinet rank (Collins and Griffith were dead, Barton was in prison, having voted against the treaty, and Gavan Duffy was no longer in government). He continued in various roles as a TD until 1933, the last of those roles being party whip.. He did not seek re-election in 1933, quoting health grounds as the reason.
Born in Co. Meath, he was living at 56 Upper St Brigid's Road, Drumcondra during his period as Minister for Home Affairs. Later he moved to 46 Palmerstown Road, Rathmines, before moving to 1 Ardenza Terrace near Seapoint Station, where he lived until his death.
In 1934-36 he was Chairman of Dun Laoghaire Borough Council, and collapsed and died on June 6th 1936 at a political meeting in the Town Hall. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery
First picture shows him 2nd from left (between Griffith and Collins) among the treaty negotiators.
Second picture shows the signatures. Griffith’s was the first name to appear on the Irish side, followed by Collins, Barton, Duggan and Duffy, with all signatures in Irish. Lloyd George’s name appeared at the head of the British signatories, followed by Chamberlain, Birkenhead, Churchill, Worthington Evans, Greenwood and Hewart.