A History of the Irish Parliamentary Party - Vol. 1

A History of the Irish Parliamentary Party - Vol. 1

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A History of the Irish Parliamentary Party - Vol. 1

A History of the Irish Parliamentary Party - Vol. 1

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'But for the English, Ireland would be a nation.' I may fairly class this statement as familiar to all who have heard of Irish politics. ' Ireland would be a nation, but for the Irish.' This truth, as fundamental as the former, is at any rate less popular west of the Irish Sea. Yet at no epoch of Irish history since first the Normans and Welshmen of the Plantagenet landed on the shores of Leinster has it ceased for a moment to dominate the situation. The princes of the McCarthys and O'Briens who rushed to fling themselves on their knees before Henry II of England and Anjou, the Irish bishops and abbots who met in council to ratify the Pope's concession of His Holiness's Irish island to His Holiness's Filius Dilectus at Westminster, have had an unbroken succession of similar spirits. Our generation has added a variation or amplification to the eternal verities of the past. 'But for the Irish Americans, Ireland would be a nation.' The part which the dollars of the comfortable multitudes, oratorically known to Dublin audiences as Our Exiled Brethern, have played in the demoralisation and denationalisation. of Irish Ireland --much more than in disaffection anywhere--is apparently unsuspected by the profoundest critics of Irish events who hail from any country outside of Ireland. In Ireland itself the operation of the American dollars has naturally not tended to invite independent criticism, which would mean personal exposures. Yet nothing is more certain than the fact that it has been the American money which destroyed the Home Rule of Isaac Butt, just as it has filled, or partially filled, the collecting carpet-bags of . . .

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