The Priest in Politics: the Case of Conscription
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.
KeywordsPolitical Leader Passive Resistance Catholic Bishop IRISH Culture Home Rule
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