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Limerick Contemplates Electoral Changes Amidst Home Rule Bill Amendments

In the midst of the ongoing debates surrounding the Home Rule Bill in Ireland, Limerick finds itself at the centre of discussions as political figures consider amendments to the electoral system. The proposed changes, spearheaded by Sir Alfred Mond (Image), aim to introduce proportional representation for the Irish House of Commons.

The amendment, currently featured on the Order Paper, suggests a departure from the Bill’s initial provision for single-member constituencies. Instead, Mond proposes the election of members in groups, particularly for counties and boroughs or larger electoral areas encompassing significant counties and boroughs. This adjustment brings into focus key regions such as Belfast, Dublin Borough, Dublin County, and Cork County, where larger electoral areas would be established. Smaller counties are anticipated to be grouped together to form electoral areas of sufficient size.

Limerick, a city with its own political dynamics, is now contemplating the potential implications of these proposed changes. The discourse centres on how the city and its surrounding areas might be affected by the shift towards proportional representation and the grouping of smaller constituencies.

Meanwhile, the Unionist Associations of Ireland, led by Sir Edward Carson, have been actively engaging in a series of meetings throughout the South and West of Ireland. In a recent letter to Mr R. G. Carden, Secretary to the Unionist Associations of Ireland, Carson expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by fellow Unionists in the South and West. He acknowledged the challenges faced by those opposing the Home Rule proposals, citing the recent incidents in Limerick as an illustration of the difficulties encountered by Unionists.

The letter emphasizes the importance of understanding the concerns of the population in the South and West of Ireland, who harbour misgivings about the potential consequences of the Home Rule Bill. Carson underscores that, beyond the well-documented resistance in Ulster, there exists a significant portion of the population in other provinces with genuine apprehensions about the proposed legislation.

The recent events in Limerick, particularly actions deemed intolerant by the Home Rule Party, further highlight the tensions and complexities surrounding the ongoing political discussions. Limerick residents and political leaders are closely monitoring developments as they assess the potential impact of electoral changes on their representation in the Irish House of Commons.

As the Home Rule Bill continues to evolve, the proposed amendments put forth by Mond raise questions about the future electoral landscape in Limerick and other regions. The city awaits further deliberations and decisions that will shape its political destiny amidst the broader context of Irish home rule.

Weekly Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 02 November 1912

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