Constitutional Movement

Justin McCarthy
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The case set up for Ireland by Molyneux was probably the first inspiration of that constitutional movement which began to take definite shape after the publication of the Drapier's Letters. A party was formed in the Irish House of Commons with the object of advocating not separation between England and Ireland, and not even separation of Parliamentary Government—such as existed between England and Scotland—but the right of the Irish Parliament to introduce measures it believed necessary for the welfare of Ireland, under the same constitutional control as that recognised by the Parliament of England. Swift died in 1745, the year which saw the Viceroyalty of Lord Chesterfield in Ireland.