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What Ireland Demands.

The following extract from Mr Dillon’s speech in Sydney formulates in a few words the policy of the Irish Parliamentary party; —“ We, for the sake of harmony, and to smooth the path of tho Liberal party, were determined to do full justice to tho Irish people, and we were, therefore, prepared to forego the rights which you possess ; to give every conceivable guarantee of our good faith to show that we wore not Separatists, We gave up many things that you would not give up to facilitate and ease the position of our friends in England, and we speak with the fullest powers of our people in Ireland. If to-mor-row the English Government consented to grant us the power of Homo Rule and local government In Ireland every single concession which they could demand from us ip reason to secure the unity of the Empire and tho internal government of the country would be made. We do not claim, nor do we want to interfere with the external relations of the Empire. We do not want the power to maintain a fleet as you have in Australia, or to maintain an army ; we are prepared to leave that to tho Imperial Government, We are content to go into this arrangement, practically speaking, unarmed, and leave it to tho Imperial Empire to have control over us, Wo wish to make and administer the laws which affect Ireland alone, and have that power in the four corners of the Irish land alone, I fail to see how in any way such a power as that could affect the British Empire. Except so far as tLii goes I think K would materially strengthen tho British Empire, because it would remove a troublous source of discontent. Now, I cannot understand how, in the face of the statement I have made—and I now make it with the fullest authority, and it is the same statement wc have put forward from the outset—how any Australian can get op and say we are asking for unreasonable things. But the only demands that have been made at all are those which 1 have said. It has been said by a very few, indeed—and I notice that those who made such statements are plainly ignorant of tho question—that we enjoy iu Ireland the same liberties that you enjoy here, and that the people of Great Britain have always enjoyed.”

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What Ireland Demands., Issue 7933, 14 June 1889

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What Ireland Demands. Issue 7933, 14 June 1889

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