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Why was Ireland so important to Peels career?

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Why was Ireland so important to Peels career? The relation between Sir Robert Peel and Ireland has always been a significant one, as the society of Ireland clearly had some effect on Peels life, political position and power. Peel had prior to being prime minister, was chief secretary of Irelandin the period 1812-1818.He was considered an expert of Irish affairs and was commonly known as the first ever politician to have some graspe of understanding the complexities of Irelands position.However to the Tories he essentialyl a 'safe pair of hands', so clear were his anti -catholic feelings that he was given the nickname 'Orange peel'.This stance won many supporteers in his own party as many thought that Peel would do anything to uphold the interests of The Anglecan Church as he was a hard line protestant. They were wrong. Peels carrer was undoubtedly affected by Irish cocerns throughout the period 1829-46, starting with the passage of Roman -Catholic emancipation.He had previously openly ciritised the corruption of Irish Mp's and the attitudes of protestant minority, whilst continuing to defend the system.He realised that there were 2 main obstacles in the way of curing Irelnd.One was that ...read more.


This meant that Ireland posed a major threat to England and became something that Peel could not afford to leave behind. Thus, there was a major impact on the party, Peel was accused of betrayel, a man who had turned his back against his own party.Peel argued that it would prevent widespread disturbances and possible revolution. By avoiding civil war and anarchy, Peel was still accused of going against the ancient constitution, and this left a major amount of bitterness and doubt in Peels career was party leader. Peel regarded this as a defeat by the Dublin prodigy Daniel O 'Connel. By becoming heavily critised by Tory ultras for his humiliating U-tung Peel resolved to never be beaten by O'Connel again.Tis sparked a rivalry and meant that Ireland would always be a integral idea on Peels mind.This escalated further in 1841 when the sword oof O connel and Peel crossed swords once more. On this occasion the Act Of Union became the major The repeal association led by O Conner was determined to put this issue at the forefront of politics, he was convinced that a mass movement would force Peel to give in once more.The movement was absed on loosng the landlord control of Ireland, and the Catholic church. ...read more.


Rents were extremely high as a result of a growing population.Many peasents were landless and forced to live on potatoes.The devon commission reported its findings exclaiming that a bill in support on limited compensation should be introduced.This issue was defeated by the Lords.Having not dealt with this issue adequately Peel turned to education.He was convinced that the rate of the presithood needed to be re-examined. This is because Priests provided a vital link between Rulers and and the ru;led and were very influential in Irish life.Peel therefore decided that to winover the Irish youth to the establishment a grant of �30,000 should be given to the college of maynooth as it was a catholic training sanctuary.Aging, Peel intended to strengthen the position of his party, though however this was not fully appreciated, seen as ridiculous and absurd by his own party.Up to 149 Tories rejected this, public opinion was that money was being used to train the enemy, though Peel argued that it was an attempt to isolate the extremists and win over the moderates. Other controversial policies were introduced such as the Maynooth Grant �30,000 in 1845. Btter trainingof Catholic preists improved higher educational facilitiesBetrayel. Irish famine 1845-49 ...read more.

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