Plus ça change: Continuity and Change in a Community, 1891–1914



This chapter explores the emerging dominance of new local elites and their reticence in assisting the poorest as they sought to augment their new-found positions of influence. By the 1890s it was clear that landlords would have a less important role in local government than previously as the government’s patience was now spent. The success of the land agitation saw the Irish National League emerge as a quasi-governmental force that regulated the countryside. Historiography has suggested that landlords were excluded from participating in local government by an almost atavistic nationalism, though they frequently dislocated themselves from their tenantry. It also explores the emergence of trade union organisation amongst shop assistants, the contentious issue of housing and working-class representation on the urban district council.


Land Agitation Urban District Council Ballinasloe Clancarty Town Tenants 
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  1. 1.University College DublinDublinIreland

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