The Priest in Politics: the Case of Conscription

  • Pauric Travers


At the end of March 1918, when the seriousness of the German offensive on the Western Front became known, the War Cabinet decided to extend conscription to Ireland. The preoccupation with events in France was such that the Cabinet disregarded the almost unanimous advice of its Irish advisers, preferring the more optimistic advice of the military, especially Field Marshal Lord French. A ‘dual policy’ of granting Home Rule in exchange for conscription was inaugurated and French sent to Ireland to enforce it.


Political Leader Passive Resistance Catholic Bishop IRISH Culture Home Rule 
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    D. Macardle, The Irish Republic (Dublin, 1937) p. 250.Google Scholar
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    T. M. Healy, Letters and Leaders of My Day (London,1928) vol. ii, p. 597; Dillon to O’Connor, 17 June 1918 (Dillon Papers, O’Connor Correspondence, 496).Google Scholar

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