Home Rule milestone 'should be celebrated'
Published 04/08/2014 | 02:30
Former Taoiseach John Bruton has called on the State to commemorate the centenary of the Irish Home Rule Bill.
Mr Bruton is seeking some formal marking of the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the bill through the House of Commons in 1914 and of the achievements of Irish leader, John Redmond (pictured).
Mr Bruton has made a submission to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton, Arts Minister Heather Humphreys and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan seeking to have the milestone celebrated. The bill was passed into law on September 18, 1914 and Mr Bruton has described it as an irreversible milestone in Irish history.
He said: "For the first time since 1800, Irish legislative independence had been conceded by the UK. On 18 September 1914, Redmond achieved what neither O'Connell, Butt nor Parnell achieved."
Despite its passage, Irish Home Rule was suspended for what was expected to be a short war in Europe. Its implementation remained policy throughout the war and after it, Mr Bruton has argued.
"Its passage was achieved by peaceful, but tough, negotiating tactics and is therefore more relevant to modern Irish realities and prospects than the other anniversaries to be remembered later," he said.