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To What Extent Did The Easter Rising Achieve It's Aims?

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To What Extent Did The Easter Rising Achieve It's Aims? In order to comment on the achievements of the Easter Rising one must first identify its aims. The aims being the establishment of an Irish republic thus identifying Ireland as independent; break all links with Britain; gain support of Irish and Germans and take over key areas in Ireland as well as extending to other areas over Ireland. It must be stressed that the aim of establishing an Irish republic was not a new idea instead numerous rebellions preceded the uprising. To a large extent the Easter Rising did not achieve all of it's aims but to a small extent it did as it took over the key areas such as Dublin, thus suggesting it was not a complete failure. Right from the beginning the Irish nationalists who were members of the Irish republican Brotherhood (Fenians) had opposed the First World War and also the policies of the Irish parliamentary party. They made sure they prevented recruitment and support for the British war effort in Ireland. The Irish Volunteers split into two, the small anti-war group pf men were under the leadership of Eoin MacNeill under the name of Irish Volunteers. The other majority of men remained loyal to Redmond and were known as the National Volunteers. ...read more.


The Easter Rising did not achieve its aim of establishing Ireland as an independent state as Michael Lynch states: "...it was a small-scale and ill organised affair; it aroused little support ...and was easily crushed." This suggests how the Easter Rising was poorly planned from the start and had a small number of people involved. If it had been more publicised and gathered huge amounts of support it may possibly been able to fulfil its aim of turning Ireland into a republic. However, it was an 'ill organised affair' as there was confusion about when the rising would take place. This is because it was planned for Easter Sunday but instead was delayed and took place on Easter Monday. This resulted in less Irish Volunteers turning up than expected. Again this proves how the aim of Ireland becoming independent was weakened due to the confusion and lack of communication. It has to be stressed the aim would have been achieved if it had public backing and made sure it was large scale in order to receive some kind of positive publicity. The fact it was easily crushed suggests it would not have achieved its main aims. Another aim was to break all links with Britain. Before, with the Home Rule Bill this meant Ireland would take care of its domestic policies and Britain would handle its foreign affairs. ...read more.


He comments: "...the Irish in Ireland come forward now and give effective proof of their patroism...we are saying that a German victory over England will bring Ireland freedom..." However, this aim was also not achieved, as the rebels did not receive any outside help. This was due to the fact that the British Royal Navy had intercepted a German ship carrying weapons to the rebels. Moreover, Roger Casement landed on the coast of Ireland by a German submarine had been arrested by the British. This demonstrates that another aim was not achieved due to the quick actions by the British government. Therefore, it can be argued that to a large extent the Easter Rising did not achieve its aims and to a small extent it did. The most important thing to mention is that it did not achieve its main aim of establishing Ireland as a republic or even breaking its ties with Britain. As Paul Adelman puts it: "The Rebellion was doomed from the start." The fact that they did not have public support at the crucial moment that they needed it, is quite sad as the public opinion changed later on due to the British government's harsh measures adopted. The aims they set towards were on the whole quite realistic but only could have fully been achieved if they planned out every detail, had better communications and most importantly the backing of the public at the right time. ...read more.

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