Cumann na mBan women had to fight for their pensions

The pension files tell us a great deal about how revolutionary Irish women were treated

Minnie Lenihan. Courtesy of the Brother Allen Collection

Minnie Lenihan. Courtesy of the Brother Allen Collection

The pension files give us a great insight into the role of women in the Irish revolution, a role that was unjustly neglected for many decades.

The first Military Service Pension Act (1924) effectively excluded women by not including Cumann na mBan in the list of organisations covered by the Act. This was remedied in 1934.

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