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Limerick Takes Center Stage in Evolving Home Rule Debate

In a surprising turn of events, yesterday’s Cabinet meeting has brought forth a remarkable shift in the discourse surrounding Home Rule for Ireland, with a notable endorsement from an unexpected source – “The Times.” Known for its consistent opposition to the Irish demand, the leading article in yesterday’s edition has taken a stance that aligns closely with Mr John Redmond’s call for an indivisible Ireland.

The most significant aspect of this development lies in the tacit approval of Mr Redmond’s vision for Home Rule – a vision that seeks to satisfy the aspirations of Nationalist Ireland without alienating Protestant Ulster. This marks a substantial departure from the longstanding opposition traditionally expressed by the influential Unionist newspaper.

According to reports from another Unionist publication, the “Morning Post,” the Cabinet’s decision contrasts with the tone of Mr Churchill’s recent speech in Dundee. Instead, it resonates with Mr Redmond’s earlier declaration at a gathering in Limerick. Sources indicate that the Cabinet has firmly resolved not to entertain any proposals for the exclusion of Ulster or any part of it from the Home Rule deliberations.

Furthermore, it is suggested that when Prime Minister Asquith addresses his constituents in Ladybank on the 25th, he will emphasize the government’s openness to amendments within the framework of the Home Rule Bill. While willing to address the concerns of Northern Ireland, any modifications must align with the fundamental principles of the Bill. In essence, this implies that the Dublin Parliament, along with an accountable executive, will govern the entirety of Ireland.

The Liberal “Daily Chronicle” echoes a similar sentiment, encapsulating the newfound approach as “no partition of Ireland” while ensuring comprehensive and generous provisions for the welfare of Ulster within the confines of the Home Rule Bill. The very idea of separating Ulster, or any part of it, from the rest of Ireland is categorically ruled out.

Insights from the Parliamentary correspondent of the “Daily Mail” shed light on ongoing informal negotiations between the government and leaders of the English Unionist Party. These discussions aim to establish a common ground on the Irish question, and despite past tensions, there seems to be a glimmer of hope among Unionists for a peaceful resolution.

As the Home Rule debate continues to evolve, the next significant announcement is anticipated from Mr Churchill on Saturday. Expected to speak with the authority of the Cabinet, he will likely provide further clarity on the progress of negotiations and the government’s evolving stance on this contentious issue. The eyes of Ireland, and indeed the world, remain fixed on the unfolding developments, particularly in Limerick, a city that has unexpectedly taken centre stage in this complex political drama.

Evening Herald (Dublin) – Wednesday 15 October 1913

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