In a recent meeting in Edinburgh connected to the United Irish League, MP John Redmond talked about land reform in Ireland, stating that the prospects for the country are bright and a significant land reform measure is expected to become law. The proposals made by the Land Conference, deemed generous by both landlords and tenants, may face rejection, leading to difficulties and struggles in the Irish land movement that some, including Redmond, would like to avoid.
Redmond expressed hope for a future of wisdom and conciliation among English statesmen, preventing turmoil, misery, and suffering for the Irish people. He called for cooperation amongst all political parties in the House of Commons to work on “righting the wrongs” and creating lasting peace and justice for Ireland.
Despite such optimistic views, some Irish MPs have shown hesitation in accepting certain decisions. MP Donald Sullivan, for instance, expressed disbelief at the Irish tenants’ representatives who accepted some of the resolutions but ultimately felt they had to make the best of a bad situation.
On the same subject, the Limerick County Council passed a unanimous resolution that endorses the findings of the Land Conference, expressing hope that a land bill based on this settlement will aim at fostering peace and prosperity in Ireland.
Western Daily Press – Monday 19 January 1903