Liberal Government of Mr. Asquith


We held with Parnell to independence of all British Parties as a first principle, while always ready to reciprocate good will on the part of either or both of them———our critics, in a fatal hour, accepted salaries and an enormous mass of patronage from the Liberal Government of Mr. Asquith and Mr. Lloyd George, thus enfeoffing themselves to that special band of British politicians, and committing themselves to follow their fortunes, even to the extent of joining them in the Partition of their country.

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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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