Independence: It's not just the economy, stupid
A 'Financial Times' article warning Scotland off independence and citing the Irish example of economic failure is a recklessly inaccurate analysis
During the crucial 1918 General Election campaign in Ireland, Sinn Féin not only promised its candidates would boycott the Westminster Parliament if elected and press for the establishment of an Irish Republic, but also insisted it would transform the Irish economy.
It claimed that as a result of the incompetence of the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP), which had dominated politics for decades, "Ireland has lost half her wealth in manpower and her expenses have increased 17 times". Ireland, it maintained, was overtaxed, exploited and economically underperforming due to British imperialism and IPP collusion.
SF's promise, as underlined by one of its pamphlets with the title 'The Irish Republic Can Pay Its Way', was a transformed economy that would ensure "Irish sons and daughters will not fly from an impoverished Ireland into the Godless cities of the world".