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April 29, 2012

The Cedar Lounge Revolution

Perhaps this is just mean-spirited, but this is from Stephen Collins overview of John Redmond’s career…

On the face of it, Redmond exemplifies the dictum that all political careers end in failure. Yet for all that it is arguable that modern democratic Ireland is far closer to his political dream than it is to the messianic visions of the 1916 leaders.

Is he sure?

This from Dr Rosemary Cullen-Owens, ‘in her talk in the series, A Decade of Anniversaries 2012-2023’.

“From 1910 the Irish Parliamentary Party, under John Redmond, held the balance of power at Westminster and Home Rule seemed assured,” she said.

Dr Cullen-Owens said Redmond and British prime minister HH Asquith were against women’s suffrage. This prompted the Irish Women’s Franchise League to respond militantly, she added.

Meanwhile, Brian Hanley has been fighting the good fight in the IT letters pages on the issue of Home Rule and…

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