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Freedom and the Fifth CommandmentCatholic priests and political violence in Ireland, 1919-21$
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Brian Heffernan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090486

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090486.001.0001

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In the old groove: traditional political alignments

In the old groove: traditional political alignments

(p.15) 1 In the old groove: traditional political alignments
Freedom and the Fifth Commandment

Brian Heffernan

Manchester University Press

By the beginning of 1919, the Irish Parliamentary Party had all but vanished from the political stage and Sinn Féin had taken over as the main political force in Ireland. The swing from home rule politics to republicanism also occurred among the clergy, although a substantial and influential section remained critical of the republican party. Conservative priests continued to press for solutions that fell short of an independent republic, and emphasised the importance of striving for ‘attainable goals’. The chapter examines this group of priests and analyses how their attitudes developed under the pressure of political reality. It also assesses the impact that these priests had on general clerical opinion.

Keywords:   attainable goals, conservatism, factionalism, home rule, politics, republicanism

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