Edward Carson

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An Indian girl looks at a painting depicting the  Jallianwala Bagh massacre, also known as the Amritsar massacre, in the run-up to the 100th anniversary pf the atrocity on April 13th, 1919. Photograph: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

After a long and tempestuous life in the service of British imperialism, Sir Michael O’Dwyer had got used to a quiet life. He endured years of recrim(...)

A TCD Hist member speaking on the opposition side against the motion 'This House Would Vote for Mitt Romney to be the next President of the United States of America'. File photograph: Alan Betson

Much of what passes for debate nowadays is characterised by individuals with scant knowledge of what they are talking about, pouring forth ill-digeste(...)

The modern Irish Border as proposed in Sir James Dougherty’s final assessment, May 11th, 1914.

Nearing a century in existence the Irish Border has become the defining feature of Ireland’s political geography. The Border was established in law in(...)

A post man by the Border. Photograph by Terence Spencer/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

The increasing threat of a hard Brexit means we could shortly see a return to a hard Border in Ireland. Here, we look back at how Northern Ireland (...)

French president Georges Clemenceau, US president Woodrow Wilson and British prime minister David Lloyd-George at the Paris Peace Conference

In the British general election campaign of December 1918 slogans such as “Hang the Kaiser”, “squeeze the lemon till the pips squeak”, “homes fit for (...)

A vote for a young maths teacher Eamon De Valera

“Five seconds, four, three, two, one.” We’re on the deck, the control room for the TV studio below, with a wall of screens showing camera views: a pan(...)

Protest meeting in 1918 in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, against conscription in Ireland. In April that year,  Lloyd George’s government had given itself the power to extend conscription to Ireland. Photograph: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images

Such is the drama of violence that it is easy to forget that the most important moment in the creation of an independent Irish State was a democratic (...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster with deputy leader Nigel Dodds: What if the DUP has decided the whole notion of cultural nationalists saving the union is nonsense? 	Photograph: David Young/PA

Since the EU referendum and the collapse of Stormont, a standard narrative has taken hold in Northern Ireland – namely that the DUP is throwing the un(...)

Founder of the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force Edward Carson. Photogrpah: by Central Press/Getty Images
The North and 1918

The year 1918 has for long been seen as a critical turning point in the emergence of the Irish revolution. Constitutional nationalism continued its re(...)

A queue outside a church to sign the anti-conscription pledge in 1918.

On April 9th, 1918, House of Commons MPs gathered for a special sitting. At 3pm, British prime minister David Lloyd George briefed the house on the si(...)

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