Abolition of Landlordism


The root-difference was this: That, once the Abolition of Landlordism brought the main cause of class antagonism to an end, we saw the surest hope of the country's freedom in a combination of the most enlightened men of all its parties, creeds and schools of thought———our assailants, in the undivided authority and supremacy of the Irish Parliamentary Party and in that alone; we, in inviting and cherishing the united aid of all British Parties———they, in making the Irish Cause the appanage and monopoly of one particular British Party, the Liberal Party.

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The Irish Revolution

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William O'Brien was a County Cork M.P. who participated in the negotiations for Home Rule in Ireland. In this account, first published in 1923, he provides an insight into the politics and politicians of the time - John Redmond, John Dillon, Arthur Griffith, Sir Edward Carson, Bonar Law, Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, etc. - and gives his analysis of the origins of the Easter Rising of 1916 and the subsequent Irish Civil War. From his own perspective, O'Brien was very much anti-Partition, and was evidently frustrated at the failure to give adequate reassurance to the Northern Unionists.

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