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Irish solution now an ‘imperial necessity’
A German view of Home Rule for Ireland in the late 19th century. Originally from Berlin paper 'Kladderadatsch', republished in 'Review of Reviews and World's Work' Photo: 'Review of Reviews and World's Work' [New York, 1890]. Via the Internet Archive (

Irish solution now an ‘imperial necessity’

London, 25 March 1917 - English newspapers have urged the British government to find an immediate solution to the Irish problem.

Such a solution, the papers argue, is key to successful prosecution of the Great War. The Daily Mail says that in every British dominion, with the exception of South Africa, there is a strong Irish vote and this vote needs to be assuaged. More than that, in the United States, the Irish question has been an ‘even more potent cause of difficulty’.

The London Times agrees that an Irish solution is an imperial necessity, but claims also that ‘Ulster holds the key to a permanent Irish settlement’.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.