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MR REDMOND ENTERTAINED.

AN 'IMPORTANT STATEMENT,

(Per' Prew Association—Copyright.)

LONDON, February 7. For the first time, the Nationalist Liberal Club entertained Mr Redmond at dinner.

'It was the largest dinner party the Club has known.

When Parnell dined at the Club after the 'defeat of the first Home Rule. Bill. he was the'guest of only a section cf ■ the Club, - though the visit was rendered - noteworthy by Parnell shaking hands with Earl.Spencer, who had been Viceroy of Ireland during,the Land League's fierce campaign:

Mr Redmond received a stirring ovation. ..■...' , ',-■' •'"■'■ ■''■■■ '■

■i.. He declared that the ■'* Tory" Party, without a programme or policy, were ridyr falling back on poor Ireland for a party cry. Irishmen would no longer submit to be made the pawns or play-, things of British parties. Ireland would never submit to be governed under the old rotten system of .Jsiiperiority and ascendancy. If their opponents succeeded in killing the /Home Rule Bill, Ireland would be absolutely ungovernable" under the old regime. Any Nationalist concession to meet the fears of any section must have a price paid for such conciliation, assent to and agreement with the Bill. Concessions on any other basis would be mischievous and futile. The question must be settled here and now.

Mr Redmond concluded with the statement that the Nationalists would be fools, cowards and traitors to the ! highest interests of order, liberty, and democracy, as well as to Ireland, if they allowed any threat of violence to turn them a hair's breadth from the path they believed and knew to be the road to a contented Ireland and a united Empire.

Mr Redmond said the opposition to Home Rule was less on its merits than that to the Parliament' Act, and the desire for the Government to restore the Lords' veto. He reiterated the Nationalists' readiness to grant every concession consistent with Home Rule and Ireland's integrity, but said that unless an : agreement was reached, the Bill must pass as it stood. ,

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MR REDMOND ENTERTAINED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8789, 9 February 1914

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MR REDMOND ENTERTAINED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8789, 9 February 1914

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