Joseph O'Doherty recalls hearing of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921 and his decision to oppose the agreement.

Joseph O'Doherty (1891-1979) was a teacher, barrister, politician, revolutionary and member of the First Dáil. He recalls hearing the news that the Treaty had been signed on 6 December 1921. His initial reaction was to withhold judgement until he actually saw the details of the agreement that had been made.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty was an agreement between the British government and an Irish republican delegation which brought the Irish War of Independence to an end. The Treaty was signed by Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins, George Gavan Duffy, Eamonn Duggan and Robert Childers Barton.

The first time that I saw it, I felt that I couldn't accept it. That it was going to be a cause of major division in our ranks.

Subsequently, Éamon de Valera came out against The Treaty but Joseph O'Doherty is unsure as to how this influenced others to follow suit.

Those of us who had committed ourselves to sustain the Republic against all enemies, foreign and domestic, were satisfied that the articles of agreement of the treaty was a betrayal of those principles.

After the Treaty was ratified by the Dáil in January 1922 there were divergent views among republicans. Joseph O'Doherty, says looking back he would have accepted Eamon de Valera's Document Number 2 as a compromise.

This interview was broadcast as part of a four part series '1922'. The interviewer is Kieran Sheedy.

'1922' was broadcast on 3, 10, 17 and 31 December 1972 and marked one of the most fateful years in the history of modern Ireland. The series included the voices of some of those who witnessed and took part in the events of the year as well as material from contemporary sources.