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|Long title||An Act to put an end to the Establishment of the Church of Ireland, and to make provision in respect of the Temporalities thereof, and in respect of the Royal College of Maynooth|
|Citation||32 & 33 Vict. c. 42|
|Territorial extent||United Kingdom|
|Royal assent||26 July 1869|
|Commencement||1 January 1871|
|Relates to||Welsh Church Act 1914|
Status: Current legislation
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
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