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June 7,

Gladstone’s Amazing Irish Speech on this day in Irish History

June 7: TODAY in Irish History:

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Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.

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ON THIS DAY:

1886: Prime Minister William Gladstone in beseeching Parliament to pass the (first) Home Rule bill to grant Ireland its own parliament makes one of the finest (and honest) speeches by any British Prime Minister about Ireland.

Gladstone home rule speech

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“It has been asked in this debate, why have we put aside all the other Business of Parliament, and why have we thrown the country into all this agitation for the sake of the Irish Question? (“Hear, hear!”) That cheer is the echo that I wanted. Well, Sir, the first reason is this — because in Ireland the primary purposes of Government are not attained. What said the honourable Member for Newcastle (Mr. J. Cowen) in his eloquent speech? That in a considerable part of Ireland distress was chronic, disaffection was perpetual, and insurrection was smouldering………….

It is supposed that all the abuses of English power in Ireland relate to a remote period of history, and that from the year 1800 onwards from the time of the Union there has been a period of steady redress of grievances. Sir, I am sorry to say that there has been nothing of the kind. There has been a period when grievances have been redressed under compulsion, as in 1829, when Catholic Emancipation was granted to avoid civil war.

There have been grievances mixed up with the most terrible evidence of the general failure of Government, as was exhibited by the Devon Commission in the year 1843. ………………… What was the proportion of the population which more than 40 years after the Union was described by the Devon Report as being in a condition worse and more disgraceful than any population in Europe? Mr. O’Connell has estimated it in this House at 5,000,000 out of 7,000,000; ………………….

GLADSTONE ON ENGLAND’S TREATMENT OF IRELAND

“My right honourable Friend the Member for East Edinburgh (Mr. Goschen) asks us to-night to abide by the traditions of which we are the heirs. What traditions? By the Irish traditions? Go into the length and breadth of the world, ransack the literature of all countries, find, if you can, a single voice, a single book, find, I would almost say, as much as a single newspaper article, unless the product of the day, in which the conduct of England towards Ireland is anywhere treated except with profound and bitter condemnation. Are these the traditions by which we are exhorted to stand? No; they are a sad exception to the glory of our country. They are a broad and black blot upon the pages of its history; and what we want to do is to stand by the traditions of which we are the heirs in all matters except our relations with Ireland, and to make our relations with Ireland to conform to the other traditions of our country. So we treat our traditions — so we hail the demand of Ireland for what I call a blessed oblivion of the past. She asks also a boon for the future; and that boon for the future, unless we are much mistaken, will be a boon to us in respect of honour, no less than a boon to her in respect of happiness, prosperity, and peace. Such, Sir, is her prayer. Think, I beseech you, think well, think wisely, think, not for the moment, but for the years that are to come, before you reject this Bill.”

Gladstone’s complete Home Rule Speech

The bill was introduced April 8th, but defeated June 8th.

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Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish
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For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson which is an A-Z of all things Irish. This is a book that contains History, Horror, Humor, Passion, Pathos and Lyrical Limericks that will have you giving thanks (or wishing you were) For the Love of Being Irish

Watch For the Love of Being Irish author Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks on his Youtube channel IrishmanSpeaks. Laugh and Learn.

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaksto Laugh and Learn. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History

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April 8,

George Bush in Ireland. First Home Rule Bill. Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Muldoon on this day in Irish History

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1886: Liberal Prime Minister William Gladstone’s government introduces the First Home Rule Bill (The Government of Ireland Bill 1886) in the British Parliament. The bill was designed to create a devolved Irish assembly, allow elements of autonomy for Ireland which had been under direct English parliamentary rule since the 1800 Act of Union. The initial introduction (of the subsequently failed bill) was seen as a victory for Home Rule advocates like Charles Stewart Parnell.

The bill engendered fierce loyalist resistance who feared “Rome rule.” The bill was defeated by 341 votes to 311 on June 8th.

William Gladstone

PM William Ewart Gladstone 1808-1898

1941: In general, Ireland escaped most of the ravages of WWII. The Irish Free State (to Allied fury) remained neutral while Northern Ireland was a stretch for German bombers. However on the night of 7-8 April, Belfast experienced the first of a number of bombing raids killing 13 people. Belfast was a “legitimate” target as it did provide munitions for the Allied cause.

2003:George Bush leaves Belfast after a two trip involving meetings with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. It was the President’s first visit to Northern Ireland. Agenda items revolved around the Iraq War and the Northern Ireland peace process. At the end of the summit, the three leaders issued a statement stating  Northern Ireland must abandon paramilitarism.

Bush meeting with blair and aherne

George Bush, Tony Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at Northern Ireland summit, Hillsborough 2003. While history still has to decide on the tenure of Bush and Blair, Bertie Ahern has been cited by the Mahon Tribunal as one of a long line of ethically challenged Fianna Fail government ministers. Ahern resigned from the party that adored him for most of his political career, before a formal move to expel him could be implemented.

2003: Paul Muldoon wins the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his work Moy Sand and Gravel.

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Paul Muldoon with the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. source pulitzer.org

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Paul Muldoon with the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

In the following clip, you can see Muldoon and Steven Colbert sparring on the Colbert Nation where they recite Muldoon’s poem Tea.

Want to learn more about Ireland? See these images and more in the acclaimed For the Love of Being Irish
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For the Love of Being Irish written by Chicago based Corkman Conor Cunneen and illustrated by Mark Anderson which is an A-Z of all things Irish. This is a book that contains History, Horror, Humor, Passion, Pathos and Lyrical Limericks that will have you giving thanks (or wishing you were) For the Love of Being Irish

Watch For the Love of Being Irish author Conor Cunneen – IrishmanSpeaks on his Youtube channel IrishmanSpeaks. Laugh and Learn.

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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humoristIrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

Visit Conor’s YouTube channel IrishmanSpeaksto Laugh and Learn. Tags: Best Irish Gift, Creative Irish Gift, Unique Irish Gifts, Irish Books, Irish Authors, Today in Irish History