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Redmond’s place in our national story is as important as any

Redmond’s place in our national story is as important as any

There is no statue of John Redmond in our capital city. There is no street named after him either. His mentor, the man to whom he stayed loyal while others did not, Parnell, enjoys both. And a square as well. Redmond’s tenure as leader of the Irish Party...

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John Redmond dies of heart failure

John Redmond dies of heart failure

Wexford, 12 March 1918 - John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, died on 6 March. Mr Redmond, who had been unwell for some time and had been absent from public life, was recovering in hospital from an operation when he suffered from heart failure. His remains were initially taken to Westminster...

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Redmond: Ireland more inflamed than at any time since 1916 Rising

Redmond: Ireland more inflamed than at any time since 1916 Rising

Westminster - 23 October 1917 - Speaking to a packed House of Commons today, Mr John Redmond, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, moved a motion deploring the policies of both the Irish Executive Government and the Irish military authorities. Mr Redmond also demanded, in the interest of both Ireland and...

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Redmond: a life in pictures

Redmond: a life in pictures

Head and shoulder portrait of John Redmond included in the newspaper United Ireland, 19 December 1891 Redmond fishing on a riverbank John Redmond sitting at his desk Redmond inspecting Volunteers in 1914 or 1915 Studio portrait of Redmond with his second wife Ada Redmond standing on a lawn with a dog and shotgun ...

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Major Willie Redmond killed in action

Major Willie Redmond killed in action

Flanders, 12 June 1917 - Major Willie Redmond has been killed while fighting in the Great War in Flanders. Major Redmond, MP for East Clare and the younger brother of Irish Party leader John Redmond, died on 7 June 1917 from wounds suffered in the battle for Messines Ridge. He was leading his regiment ...

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John Redmond congratulates Russians on their revolution

John Redmond congratulates Russians on their revolution

Dublin, 3 April 1917 - John Redmond’s message of congratulations to the Russian people on their revolution has brought a warm response from Petrograd. The President of the Duma, M. Rodzianko, has replied: ‘Please accept my heartiest thanks for your kind congratulations on the liberation of the Russian people...

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Irish Party stage dramatic walkout of Parliament

Irish Party stage dramatic walkout of Parliament

Westminster, 8 March 1917 - The Irish Parliamentary Party today walked out of the House of Commons in London in the course of a debate on Home Rule and Ireland. The move was criticised inside the house, by Tim Healy, as ‘play-acting’ and in the English press as a &lsquo...

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Blistering attack on Irish Parliamentary Party

Blistering attack on Irish Parliamentary Party

Dublin, 20 February 1917 - The Irish Independent has launched a blistering attack on the Irish Party in a significant change in its editorial line. The editorial says: 'One of the besetting sins of the Irish leaders and of the bulk of the Party is their lack of straight forwardness in...

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Death of John Redmond's daughter

Death of John Redmond's daughter

New York, 18 January 1917 - John Redmond’s eldest daughter, Esther, has died. The loss of his beloved daughter has proved a grievous blow to Mr Redmond. Politicians from across the spectrum have united in sending on their condolences. Esther lived in New York with her husband Dr W.T....

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Government policy in Ireland is ‘intolerable, ridiculous and shameful’

Government policy in Ireland is ‘intolerable, ridiculous and shameful’

Sligo, 30 October 1916 - John Redmond has repeated his plea for the immediate establishment of a Home Rule parliament in Dublin and for a dramatic shift in the Irish policy of the British government. The leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party was speaking at a rally in Sligo town where he...

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John Redmond condemns British government’s ‘panicky violence’ in Ireland

John Redmond condemns British government’s ‘panicky violence’ in Ireland

Westminster, 18 October 1916 - The leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond has condemned the manner in which the British government handled the Easter Rising in Dublin. In a major speech to the House of Commons, Mr. Redmond said: ‘At first the Rising was resented by all classes in...

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John Redmond: Home Rule is safe if Ireland is sane

John Redmond: Home Rule is safe if Ireland is sane

Waterford, 6 October 1916 - ‘Home Rule is safe if Ireland is sane’, John Redmond said in Waterford today. It was his first major speech since the Easter Rising earlier this year. Accompanied by Mrs Redmond, he was met by a large crowd with two bands at the station before...

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John Redmond to resign as leader?

John Redmond to resign as leader?

Dublin, 22 June 1916 - Speculation is mounting in London and Dublin that John Redmond will resign as leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party. The possibility has been openly discussed in political circles and is now being reported in the political pages of the London newspapers. The speculation has grown in recent...

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Redmond: Do your duty and enlist in the British army

Redmond: Do your duty and enlist in the British army

Westminster, 19 February 1916 - John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, has renewed his calls for Irishmen to join the British army in a manifesto published today. In the course of this emotional appeal he said: ‘For the first time in history, we have today a huge Irish...

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Redmond calls for inquiry into failed Gallipoli campaign

Redmond calls for inquiry into failed Gallipoli campaign

Westminster, 15 January 1915 - John Redmond has demanded an investigation into the failed military campaign at Gallipoli. In particular, Mr. Redmond has asked that the events surrounding the landing at Suvla Bay be investigated. One of the questions that Mr. Redmond has raised relates to the failure of the supply of...

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Carson, Redmond, the Coalition and the War, 1915

Carson, Redmond, the Coalition and the War, 1915

By Ed Mulhall When Unionist leader Edward Carson rose to speak to a packed House of Commons on 2 November 1915 he was breaking an awkward consensus that had lasted since the outbreak of the war, where there was no formal public criticism of war policy. He spoke to explain his reasons...

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John Redmond visits the Western Front

John Redmond visits the Western Front

Paris, 1 December 1915 - John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, visited the Western Front this week. Among the places Mr. Redmond went was the battlefield of Loos: ‘We ascended to the height of 200ft and had a complete view of the battlefield, with Loos itself in the distance....

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John Redmond visits munitions factory in Wicklow

John Redmond visits munitions factory in Wicklow

Arklow, 1 September 1915 - The leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond visited a munitions factory in Arklow, Co. Wicklow today. Accompanied by his wife and his son Lieutenant William A. Redmond, Mr. Redmond examined the workings of the factory owned by Kynoch Arklow Ltd. He reviewed the manner...

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Redmond says 'No' to conscription for Ireland

Redmond says 'No' to conscription for Ireland

London, 9 June 1915 - Rumours that compulsory military service is to be introduced across the United Kingdom were considered at length at the Irish Parliamentary Party meeting in the House of Commons in London yesterday. The meeting - presided over by party leader John Redmond - saw unanimous support for a...

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Redmond declines position in new British cabinet

Redmond declines position in new British cabinet

Westminster, 25 May 1915 - The leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, John Redmond, has declined to accept a role in the new coalition government formed in London. Mr. Redmond was rumoured to have been offered the position of Postmaster-General. Confidential letter from Herbert Asquith to John Redmond sent after Redmond's...

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200,000 people cheer on Redmond's Volunteers in Dublin

200,000 people cheer on Redmond's Volunteers in Dublin

Dublin, 4 April 1915 -  A hugely successful and well attended review and parade organised by the National Volunteers took place in Dublin yesterday. Each of the four provinces was well represented. All morning, Volunteers had arrived in Dublin from all over Ireland. The 27,000 men mustered at the Fifteen Acres...

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Redmond appeals to Irish catholics to come to the aid of Belgium

Redmond appeals to Irish catholics to come to the aid of Belgium

Limerick, 21 December 1914 - John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, has appealed to catholic Irishmen to come to the aid of Belgium in their time of need. Speaking in front of a crowd of 12,000 people in Limerick, he challenged them not to 'stand by and read of the...

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140,000 Irishmen now serving in the Great War claims Redmond

140,000 Irishmen now serving in the Great War claims Redmond

Tuam, 7 December 1914 - Claims that Irish nationalists have shirked their responsibilities to the British Empire by failing to enlist in the British Army have been rejected by the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, John Redmond. Mr. Redmond was addressing a meeting in Tuam, Co. Galway yesterday in which he...

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Irish Volunteers split over Redmond’s recruitment plea

Irish Volunteers split over Redmond’s recruitment plea

Tensions within the Irish Volunteers have flared into open view with the announcement that all John Redmond’s nominees have been removed from the ruling committee. The announcement came in a statement by twenty members of the governing committee that is highly critical of John Redmond. Issued by the...

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Redmond urges Irish Volunteers to join the British Army

Redmond urges Irish Volunteers to join the British Army

Woodenbridge, 21 September 1914 - John Redmond, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, has called on members of the Irish Volunteers to join the British Army. He said: ‘Go on drilling and make yourself efficient for the work, and then account for yourselves as men, not only in Ireland itself,...

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'…in comradeship with our brethren in the North, we will ourselves defend'

'…in comradeship with our brethren in the North, we will ourselves defend'

By Ed Mulhall On the afternoon of Monday, August 3rd 1914, Sir Edward Grey, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs rose in a packed House of Commons to give an update on the developing crisis in Europe. Chairs were placed along the floor of the crowded chamber - something that...

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Sinn Féin oppose John Redmond’s attempt to control Volunteers

Sinn Féin oppose John Redmond’s attempt to control Volunteers

Sinn Féin have strongly opposed the proposals of John Redmond to reform the leadership of the Irish Volunteers in a way that would place the Irish Parliamentary Party in control. Alderman Thomas Kelly said: ‘We in Sinn Féin have no sympathy with or no desire...

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Redmond proclaims the death of the Act of Union

Redmond proclaims the death of the Act of Union

London, 26 May 1914 - John Redmond has declared that the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland is now dead. The leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party said that the assembling of an Irish parliament, under the provisions of the Home Rule Bill, was now as certain as the rising...

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John Redmond presents shamrock to American president

John Redmond presents shamrock to American president

American President Woodrow Wilson is spending St. Patrick’s Day with a sprig of shamrock in the buttonhole of his jacket. The gift of shamrock to President Wilson was made by the leader of nationalist Ireland, John Redmond. Small pots of shamrock presented by Mr. Redmond were on display...

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John Redmond calls to Downing Street

John Redmond calls to Downing Street

John Redmond spent more than an hour yesterday in a meeting with the Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith and the Chief Secretary of Ireland, Augustine Birrell. No statement was issued after the meeting, though all indications are that the Irish policy of the British government remains unchanged. A memorandum prepared by...

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