These images show the huge support for Home Rule before 1916
The notion of an Irish republic was not something that the Irish people were considering before 1916. Instead, their support was for John Redmond's Home Rule bill as these images from the Irish Independent's archive show. Images below.
Irish Parliamentary Party leader John Redmond addresses a rally in support of the 1912 Home Rule Bill on Sackville (O'Connell St), Dublin, 31 March 1912.
Mass rallies and public meetings were held across the country.
IPP Leader, John Redmond, addressed huge crowds wherever he went, informing them of the Home Rule Bill.
John Redmond was the undisputed political leader in Ireland until 1916.
Irish support and interest in Home Rule was massive as shown by these images, c.1912-15.
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(All images part of the Independent Newspapers Ireland/NLI Collection)