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Assess the significance of the role OConnell played in the development of political attitudes in Ireland 1815-1847

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?Assess the significance of the role O?Connell played in the development of political attitudes in Ireland 1815-1847? Daniel O?Connell was born on the 6th August 1775 at Cahersiveen, in the county Kerry. He was born into a once-rich Roman Catholic family that had been dispossessed of its lands. In his early years he familiarized himself with the pro-democracy radicals of the time and committed himself to bringing equal rights and religious tolerance to his own country. The catholic emancipation of 1829 played a very significant role in the development of political attitudes in Ireland 1815-47. This emancipation was a process which occurred in the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland in the late 18th century and early 19th century that involved reducing and removing many of the restrictions on Roman Catholics that were introduced by the Act of Uniformity, the Test Laws and the Penal laws. The role O?Connell played in this was the part he played in the Catholic Association. O?Connell set up this organisation which campaigned for Catholic Emancipation. ...read more.

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The large number present at these meeting caused concern for the British Government and the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, banned one of the proposed meetings in Clontarf in 1843 as the biggest “Monster Meeting” had just been held at Tara. Although many of his supporters appealed this, O’Connell was unwilling to risk any possible bloodshed and so called off the meeting. He was later arrested and charged with conspiracy. This led to being sentenced to a year’s imprisonment and a fine of £2,000. However, he was released after just three months by the House of Lords who criticised the unfairness of the trial. This would show that O’Connell did not a major role in the development of political attitudes in Ireland 1815-1847 as the Repeal Association had ultimately failed in its aims and although it had gained support in Ireland, it did not manage to change the political attitudes in Ireland 1815-1847. ...read more.

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This effectively stopped the problem as O?Connell refused to defy the authorities and risk bloodshed and so cancelled the meeting. As well as this O?Connell was arrested, charged with conspiracy and sentenced to year in prison although he was released after 3 months. Without his most powerful the ?Monster Meeting? and his own health falling, O?Connell had no plan and dissension broke out among the Repeal Association, causing its downfall. O?Connell played a very significant role in the developments of political attitudes in Ireland 1815-1847. The creation of the Catholic Association, which ultimately led to the Catholic Emancipation, shows just how much he had changed political attitudes. Although the Repeal association was a failure in regards to what it was aiming to do, it still managed to influence many developments in political attitudes shown by the mass following he had received the concern he caused the British Government. Therefore it can be said that O?Connell played a very significant role in the developments of political attitudes in Ireland 1815-1847. ...read more.

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