(1812–55), an English convert to Catholicism and founder of the Catholic periodical the Tablet (1840), whose offices he transferred from London to Dublin in 1850. He was one of the leaders of the Tenant League, and energetically promoted the concept of independent opposition, becoming MP for Co. Meath in 1852. In 1854 he appealed to Rome against what he saw as the obstructionism of Cardinal Cullen, achieving a theoretical confirmation of priests' right to take part in political agitation but embroiling the independent opposition movement in a damaging controversy.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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