The Irish Free State finally broke from all British control in 1949 when it became the fully independent republic we know of today, "The Republic of Ireland".
The author of this quiz is not relating the facts as they happened in their bizarre answer to 'bezz' on May 3, 2017. No, Ireland did not "expand" in the way you described. That answer is an insult to Ireland and to known history. I am surprised no one called "foul" on that in 4 years. I don't know what led you to these conclusions. If you need a brief history refresher:
And whilst the semantics do sound right, they are very much not. The counties that make up the current Republic of Ireland where very much under direct control of the Westminster government.
The fact that in 1870, 1873, 1882, 1886, 1893, 1912, 1916 (quite famous actually something with easter and 'rebellion' on netflix). There was a home-rule movement strongly suggests this fact. Moreover the party with still the Republican thought is called Sinn Fein which translates into 'we for ourselves' from Gaelic (Irish) again implying that self governance was not a thing for quite some time.
The famous potato famine too was caused by conscious choice from London not intervene in the dubbed 'economic downturn' because of liberalism.
Technically they were never administered as a colony but then again neither were Israel, Egypt.
I DO applaud the effort and the idea of creating this quiz
And I Do get the confusion since it was never a 'true' colony but if one of the high school students I teach would miss Ireland as an area formerly governed by the British empire is would very much cost them points. Or in your case a nomination.
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