According to the Record Commission report of 1800, the deputy clerk of the Crown stated that Irish parliamentary bills existed for the period up to 1782 but, as they were rarely called for, were not easily accessible. Such neglect probably accounts for the fact that very few have survived.
Most of the bills passed in this series are printed in The statutes at large, passed in the parliaments held in Ireland, ii (Dublin, 1786).
Administrative / biographical background:
'Poynings' law' of 1494 required that all bills submitted to the parliament of Ireland had to be approved by the king's deputy and his council in Ireland and the king and his council in England. Copies of bills passed by the Irish parliament were transmitted from Ireland for royal approval and kept with the records of the clerk of the Crown in the Crown Office.
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