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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Historian's Report October 2014

To Commemorate Or Not
To Commemorate?

By Mike McCormack

     In 1891 Parnell died and the IPP was now led by his assistant John Redmond.  In 1893, a second Home Rule Bill was submitted and this one passed Commons, but was defeated in the House of Lords.  By the General Election of 1910, Liberals and Conservatives in the House of Commons were evenly matched.  Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith came to Redmond with an offer.  If the IPP supported his move to break the power of Lords and have his Budget passed, Asquith would introduce another Home Rule Bill.  The Parliament Act of 1911 thus forced Lords to agree to limit their veto power.  If a Bill passed Commons twice, Lords could not veto it – only delay its implementation for two years!

     In 1912, a third Irish Home Rule Bill was submitted.  At a Home Rule Rally in Dublin, Padraic Pearse gave the Bill a qualified welcome saying, it is clear to me that the bill we support today will be for the good of Ireland, and that we will be stronger with it than without it.  But he concluded with the warning, however, if we are tricked this time, there is a party in Ireland, and I am one of them, that will advise the Gael to have no counsel or dealing with the Gall (foreigner), but to answer henceforward with the strong arm and the sword’s edge . . . If we are cheated once more there will be red war in Ireland!  The Bill was passed by Commons and Lords could now only delay its implementation for two years.  It would become law in 1914; but it never came into force!  The reasons for that were many.  First, the Loyalists in northern Ireland started an armed militia (Ulster Volunteer Force) to oppose it.  Secondly, in a mutiny at the Curragh Military HQ in Ireland, British officers vowed to resign rather than force the implementation of Home Rule if it passed.  Further, bowing to Conservative power in parliament, Asquith proposed an amendment to the Bill to let the counties in Ulster vote to be included or excluded from the Bill.  Loyalists wanted to exclude all counties of Ulster and the Liberals delayed its implementation until the end of WWI.  Partition was then suggested and the King signed the Bill into law on September 18th 1914, but with a pre-condition that it not come into effect until a provision had been made for Ulster!

Unionist Leaflet on The Home Rule Bill

     The Bill that had been held out as a carrot on a stick, promising a new constitutional order and restraining the energies of a militant approach to freedom for 40 years, would now not be implemented as it was passed, but would be altered to partition Ireland.  And Ireland would remain a Crown colony!  The perfidy of the British government was once more displayed and the frustrated Irish militant leaders took to the streets of Dublin to take what the Crown would not give.

     After the Easter Rising inspired the War of Independence in January, 1919, a fourth Irish Home Rule Act was passed in 1920 establishing Northern Ireland as an entity within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and attempting to establish Southern Ireland as another entity as a partitioned country.  It was too late for the Irish had already elected their own leaders in a legally-held British election and they chose to sit in a parliament of their own called Dail Eireann.  They maintained that parliament until they fought the British to the treaty table to establish the Irish Free State with more independence than was ever contemplated in all of the Home Rule Bills.

     Later, the Irish Free State Constitution Act of 1922 permitted the ultimate realization of limited Irish independence through the removal many of the links with Britain and in 1949 it became a republic, ending its tenuous membership in the British Commonwealth.  Therefore, to commemorate the Home Rule Bills, which were never enacted, would only serve to commemorate Loyalist bigotry and Britain’s perfidious duplicity as one of the many causes of Ireland’s War of Independence; on second thought, maybe we should commemorate it, after all!



Rev. Matt Janeczko OFM

Kevin Ellis

Vice President
Jim Walsh

Recording Secretary

Robert Eggen

Financial Secretary
Dan Mulvey

Mike Morley

Chairman Standing

Dennis O'Brien

Ronan O'Brien

Scott McGown



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A.O.H. Myles Scully
Division One
P.O. Box 1020
Yonkers, NY 10703

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