From the beginning of our conversations [in June 1921], I told you that we were looking at Ireland to become faithful to the throne and shape its future as a member of the British Commonwealth. That was the basis of our proposals and we cannot change them. The status you are now claiming in advance for your delegates is indeed a rejection of this basis. I am ready to meet with your delegates, as I met with you in July as the „elected spokesman“ of your people, to discuss Ireland`s association with the British Commonwealth.  John M Regan, The Irish Counter Revolution 1921-1923 P12 December 6, 1921 – after weeks of intense negotiations between Collins, Griffith, Lloyd George, Churchill and Birkenhead, the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed at 2:30 a.m.m. On 29 September, Lloyd George repeated to de Valera that recognition of the Irish Republic was „a recognition that no British government could grant“ and reiterated his invitation to discuss „how best to reconcile Ireland`s association with the Community of Nations known as the British Empire with Irish national aspirations.“ on 11 October in London, which was tacitly accepted by the Irish side.  On October 7, de Valera signed, on behalf of the „Government of the Republic of Ireland“ (see photo), a letter of accreditation as „President“,“ which, however, was never requested by the United Kingdom.  Both the Irish and British sides knew that if it failed, the ceasefire agreed in July 1921 would end and the war would inevitably resume, a war that neither side wanted. Three months had passed without anything having been agreed.
[…] the former Sinn Féin party had divided over the terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, signed on the morning of 6 December 1921 „ten minutes after two“.  According to the Treaty, the twenty-six counties of „Southern Ireland“ – with […] A compromise agreement was reached in 1921 for the creation of the Irish Free State, but an anti-treaty contingent of the IRA opposed it and took possession of the Four Tribunals building in 1922. This summer, the rebels were forcibly expelled, an event that marks the beginning of the. In October 1921, negotiations began between the British government and a Sinn Fein delegation, including Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith. July 11, 1921 – The ceasefire comes into effect. De Valera went to London with Arthur Griffith, not with Michael Collins. He had one-on-one talks with British Prime Minister David Lloyd George and was told that he would not get a republic and that part of Ulster would be shared. .