William O'Brien

(1852—1928) journalist and Irish nationalist

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Irish nationalist. A journalist from Co. Cork, O'Brien became editor of United Ireland in 1881 and was imprisoned for his Irish Land League agitation until released under the Kilmainham treaty. In 1883 he was returned to the Westminster Parliament in which he served until 1918. In the Parnell split he was a moderate and worked for the reunification of the Irish Parliamentary Party in 1900. His passionate opposition to partition led him towards Sinn Fein. He did not stand for re‐election in 1918 and declined nomination to the Senate of the Irish Free State, since he refused to accept the treaty.

Subjects: Regional and National History — Literature.

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