Wednesday 26 July 2017

Inaction of British during the Famine can be termed genocide

Statues commemorating the Great Famine by the River Liffey in Dublin
Statues commemorating the Great Famine by the River Liffey in Dublin
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In her long-standing ambition to persuade the naive Irish public that its memory and interpretation of our history is inherently incorrect, Ruth Dudley Edwards is adamant that we have no grounds for suspecting genocidal ill-will towards the Irish race in the minds of the Westminster government at the time of the Great Famine.

Sir Charles Trevelyan, assistant secretary to HM Treasury, was a key spokesman in Ireland for that government as well as being the official responsible for organising relief.

In Trevelyan's words, the Irish famine was an "effective mechanism for reducing surplus population" as well as "the judgment of God".

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