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Ideology and the Irish QuestionUlster Unionism and Irish Nationalism 1912–1916$
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Paul Bew

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207085

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207085.001.0001

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. The Outline of a Crisis

. The Outline of a Crisis

(p.1) 1. The Outline of a Crisis
Ideology and the Irish Question

Paul Bew

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines the historical background of the home rule crisis in Ireland. It started in 1885 when rumours began to circulate that the British Prime Minister William Gladstone was planning to implement a measure of home rule for Ireland. Unionist Belfast reacted to these rumours with dismay and disbelief. In May 1886, Gladstone introduced the first Home Rule Bill in parliament. However, during this time the question of Irish self-government already had a distinct religious or sectarian dimension, and this was highlighted in the result of the 1885 general election where home rule supporters won every seat with a Catholic preponderance.

Keywords:   home rule crisis, William Gladstone, Home Rule Bill, Irish self-government, Ireland

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