John Redmond: The National Leader by Dermot Meleady

By Dermot Meleady

Dermot Meleady’s authoritative moment a part of his full-length biography of John Redmond, the 1st to be released in eighty years, starts off in 1901 presently after his election as chairman of the Irish Parliamentary occasion within the Westminster Parliament, and ends along with his demise in 1918.

The booklet information Redmond’s reconstruction of the get together following its reunification after the damaging decade-long Parnell break up, and his refashioning of it as a political weapon for profitable Irish domestic Rule.

It follows his function in effectively passing the Conservatives’ 1903 Land buy Act which significantly sped up the move of land possession from Irish landlords to Irish farmers. His successes and screw ups within the years of the 1906–10 Liberal govt also are absolutely documented, but if the Liberals movement in 1911 to take away the home of Lords’ veto, the level is decided for the passage of the 3rd domestic Rule invoice, the paramount objective of Redmond’s endeavours. The occasions of the subsequent turbulent 5 years – the more and more militant resistance of Ulster Unionism to domestic Rule, the outbreak of the nice battle and the unexpected Easter emerging in Dublin in 1916 – as a lot a blow opposed to domestic Rule as opposed to British rule – forged him down from successful prime-minister-in-waiting to the prestige of Ireland’s misplaced leader.

Through exhaustive study in Redmond’s own papers, Dermot Meleady has produced the definitive tale of 1 of the main tragic figures in twentieth-century Irish political history.

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