Collins Repudiation of the 'Pact'
Hopkinson argues that it is unclear whether Collins meant to break the agreement as he made a speech in Clonakilty the following day in which urged support for the pact and he also states that historian Michael Gallagher has pointed out that considerably less publicity was given to Collinsís speech than has often been claimed. However, Macardle says that the Freemanís Journal printed headlines in large type calling the electorateís attention to Collinsís speech. This is backed up by Curran who says that both the Freemanís Journal and the Irish Independent printed Collins repudiation of the pact on election day. Curran goes on to give a series of arguments as to why he believes that Collins did mean to repudiate the pact (and puts down his endorsement of the pact the following day in Clonakilty to Collinsís concern about reaction by the anti-Treatyites to his speech in Cork). Indeed, Hopkinson echoes one of Curran major arguments i.e. after his meeting with Churchill the previous day, Collins realised that the publication of the Free State constitution would end all hope of compromise along the lines of the pact.