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Study Sources B and C. Compare these as evidence for attributes towards the idea of Home Rule for Ireland.

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Q.1) Study Sources B and C. Compare these as evidence for attributes towards the idea of Home Rule. Source B is an extract from John Redmond, the Irish National Party leader of the time, in 1907 addressing his demand for a democratic, independent government in Ireland. Source C is from James Connolly of the Workers? Republic on the issue of sovereignty in February 1916 and also has a very pro Home Rule and democratic belief. Both sources show they are evidently for the concept of Home Rule in Ireland, and are both from political members trying to improve Ireland. John Redmond was the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party in 1907 and was renowned for his drive and determination to get home rule for Ireland. His political party recognised that the obstacles he faced in order to push this policy through came from the Conservative party, Unionist party and the House of Lords. By this time, two Home Rule bills had already been passed in the House of Commons but went onto be rejected by the House of Lords. However, the Liberal party obtained a great victory in 1906, and consequently the Home Rule policy had more chance to be approved as Gladstone was a strong supporter of the idea. ...read more.


Both Sources are very similar in terms of tone and make their demands very clear to the public, and they both clearly wanted what they thought was best for the country. However, they are both from different sides of the political spectrum and therefore saw different ways of getting to the overall goal of a greater Ireland. Redmond?s use of complex lexis immediately strikes the audience into the idea of a sophisticated and civil route to gain Home Rule: ?We declare that? no number of Land Acts? no redress of financial grievances, no material improvement or industrial development, can ever satisfy Ireland??; Connolly however uses simplistic and high frequency words and uses informal methods: ?To both questions the answer is: no, most emphatically, NO!? The main difference between the two methods is that Connolly has a very demanding and chant-like tone to his text, whilst Redmond has a peaceful and respectful one. This may denote the difference in time period, as the 1907 Redmond speech was at a time that the nation were far more pessimistic and believed they would obtain Home Rule, whilst the 1916 Connolly rant was a month before the ?Easter Rising?. ...read more.


No?, sums up Connolly?s viewpoint very simply, and shows just how determined he was. It is very clear that these two sources prove both political members had hugely separate ideas and visions for Ireland. The difference in date is vital in assembling this, as Redmond?s speech was at a stage where the country were very optimistic about getting the policy whereas Connolly?s extract is only a few months prior to his main push to gain the respect of the Britain?s via the Easter Rising. John Redmond evidently felt Home Rule was the right way to go for the country and did not want independence from Britain, and also felt that his party?s relationship with the Liberals was vital in gaining Home Rule. James Connolly felt a free nation would not be as a result of Home Rule, and founded numerous parties and socialist groups - as well as a left-wing newspaper and citizen army ? and regularly conveyed the message that action needed to be taken immediately. However, at this time Connolly only had a small majority of support compared to Redmond which proved that he had a far smaller following and that the public believed his right wing approaches were not for the best, and perhaps shows that Home Rule was favoured by a majority of the nation?s public. ...read more.

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