John Bruton: Home rule could have led peacefully to independence
There is much we could learn from considering different historical choices
The Remembrance Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery commemorating all those who died in 1916. We ended up after all the killing of the 1916-1923 period in a similar position to what was likely under home rule. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times
Home Rule, already law, could have led this part of Ireland peacefully to the same fully independent position Canada enjoys today, had it not been derailed by the 1916 Rebellion, its aftermath, and the 1918 election result.
Peaceful methods had already demonstrated their worth. The landlord system had been overturned. A national university had been established. There was growing recognition of the Irish language.