*O'Connell's Catholic Association was suppressed when catholic emancipation was carried in 1829 but agitation for the repeal of the Union soon recommenced. In 1840, faced with the prospect of a Tory government under Peel, he responded by organizing the Repeal Association, supported by the ‘repeal rent’. It drew up petitions, arranged candidates, sponsored monster meetings, and employed 50 headquarters staff. In 1843 the government banned a meeting at Clontarf and four months later O'Connell was sent to gaol for conspiracy. The Association was replaced in 1848 by a short‐lived Irish League.
Subjects: British History.