Isaac Butt and the home rule party, 1870–77


in A New History of Ireland, Volume VI

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702365 | DOI:

Series: New History of Ireland

Isaac Butt and the home rule party, 1870–77

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This chapter examines the contribution of Isaac Butt in the agitation for Irish self-government in 1870. Butt proposed not only the dismantling of the United Kingdom but its federalisation, with England, Scotland, and Ireland having local parliaments subordinate to Westminster. He also envisaged the Irish parliament having a house of lords with veto powers. Though the home rule of 1874 failed, it was a considerable achievement for Butt because it was particularly important in keeping the land question alive. The chapter discusses the split of the home rule party in parliament during the 1877 political campaign, and describes the conflict between Butt and Charles Stewart Parnell.

Keywords: Isaac Butt; Irish self-government; United Kingdom; federalisation; England; Scotland; Irish parliament; home rule; Charles Stewart Parnell

Chapter.  13167 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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