Saturday 16 December 2017

Letters: Bruton's revisionism bereft of Home Rule comforts

Former Taoiseach John Bruton: Home Rule supporter. Photo: Tom Burke
Former Taoiseach John Bruton: Home Rule supporter. Photo: Tom Burke

There has been much exposure given to Mr Bruton's unusual interpretation of the Home Rule episode in Irish History.

I would suggest Mr Bruton read Alvin Jackson's essay 'British Ireland: What if Home Rule had been enacted in 1912?' It is in Niall Ferguson's book Virtual History.

Jackson points out that the efforts of politicians from Daniel O'Connell to John Redmond to achieve "Irish self-government with loyalty to the British Crown" failed because of the refusal of successive British governments to recognise and accommodate this distinctive tradition.

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