Flowers for the man who signed the Treaty — 4 Comments

  1. One of the main reasons for 1916 was that those people could see what Liberal economic policy was doing on the Island. The place was geared in the borrowing sense up to the Wazzou to provide money to invest all across the Empire. Second level and universities provided engineers and administrators, along with priests and missionaries. But those who had no more than the Primary Cert were export fodder.
    The First War provided some work for them when the farms shifted back to grains. But once the war ended so did the work. Limerick is a good case study for this. Cleeve’s factory condensed milk and made a million a year during the war years. But once over the contracts fell off and the 3000 workers and a similar number of of small farmer suppliers were surplus to requirements.
    Looking at the Ellis Island data you can see the numbers crossing picked up soon after the war.

  2. The post-Independence history seems frequently bleak reading. For me, the nadir is reached with de Valera’s Saint Patrick’s Day broadcast in 1943, it was a vision of an Ireland going backwards.

  3. I think in Ireland we had it especially bad for a few reasons. We’ve never really had States-persons with real vision. TK Whitaker gave it a good go, but there weren’t enough like him.

  4. I read Ken Whittaker’s biography. It was a measure of his sheer determination that he was able to achieve so much

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