Violence or Parliament: Ireland's Struggles for a Republic
Throughout Ireland’s long history of pushing for independence from British overrule, both change by rebellion and through political means has occurred, but times where large and true revolution has arisen always followed acts of violent rebellion against British oppression. One can see this play out numerous times within the history of the nation, starting with the shortcoming of Ireland’s “Liberator” Daniel O’Connell. O’Connell was successful in the emancipation of the oppressed Catholic Irish, but when it came to a cease in the union with the British Empire his methods within parliament were not enough. Later rebellious acts were proven more successful in the Irish War of Independence; which after centuries finally granted Ireland a level of freedom from Britain. While this was a sense of freedom which many Irish had desired for centuries, a number of Irish counties remained under British rule, and a number of those from Ireland’s republic hoped for a united nation. Decades later, after a stall in progress, again violence becomes necessary and is seen as the era of The Troubles come to fruition. With the violence of The Struggles, Ireland was able to prove to Britain that they were serious about eventually having a united Ireland come into fruition. A guarantee for the eventual uniting of all Irish counties was made, and yet this has not come to be yet today. With Brexit straining the relations between Ireland and the United Kingdom, the question of if violence will occur again looms.
McDowell, Brent, "Violence or Parliament: Ireland's Struggles for a Republic" (2022). Video Presentations. 18.