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The Irish Parliamentary Party at Westminster, 1900-18$
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Conor Mulvagh

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099267

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099267.001.0001

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Dragging Ireland into the spotlight, pulling Ulster from the morass, 1910–14

Dragging Ireland into the spotlight, pulling Ulster from the morass, 1910–14

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The Irish Parliamentary Party at Westminster, 1900-18

Conor Mulvagh

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the years of dashed hope for the Irish Home Rule movement. 1910 saw the party regain the balance of power at Westminster lost in 1895. Thereafter, the formerly apathetic Liberal government was dependent on the support of IPP MPs to secure a parliamentary majority. By 1912, a Home Rule Bill was introduced. The members of the leadership are examined in the course of their most intense work and their most difficult trials. Ireland became the central focus in imperial politics in the years 1912-14.The chapter argues that, by the outbreak of the First World War, the leadership, especially Redmond and Dillon, had been elevated from the status of provincial politicians to that of imperial statesmen. This chapter also charts the origins of the partition of Ireland, Ulster unionism’s resistance to Home Rule and the drift from constitutionalism towards paramilitarism in these years.

Keywords:   Ulster crisis, Carsonism, Redmondism, Home Rule Bill, Partition

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