Draft Memorandum 'The Irish Question' by Michael Fallon
Pontifical Irish College
Hagan, John, 1873-1930
[between April – November 1918] Typescript draft memorandum with handwritten corrections entitled 'The Irish question- the general principles of its solution' by 'an Irish Canadian' [identified in pencil as the Bishop of London, Michael Fallon]. Arguing for a Dominion Home Rule for Ireland, modifying the Canadian model, in order to harmonize the exigencies demanded by the three - Ireland, the Empire, and the Orangemen. Detailed discussion of 1) The Irish Protestant ascendancy party, 2) the British Empire, 3) the Irish Nation, then also 'Sinn Fein', and concluding with 'A more perfect Dominion Home Rule'. 'A perfect solution ... is impossible. But a prudently conceived measure of complete Dominion Home Rule would in a few short years satisfy all Ireland except a few Orange bigots and utopian republicans. The Irish Nation...would consider such bigots and republicans as the harmless heritage of a troubled past.' (Outside dates by the failure of the Conscription Bill and the end of the Great War.)
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Is Part Of
The Papers of John Hagan (1904-1930)