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Elections and meetings: 1870–1921
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Participation in the electoral process can be viewed as both a means of incorporating the Irish into the British body politic and simultaneously a means of differentiating them from the rest of the population. This chapter examines the role of the Irish in the electoral politics of Manchester from the 1870s onwards. It does so through the medium of council, Manchester School Board and municipal elections and traces the development of local nationalist thought and tactics on the two issues which particularly concerned the Irish population. These are the Irish self-government and church-based education, through the elections and the themes of the public meetings which took place in the city between 1870 and 1921. The Liberal adoption of home rule as party policy in 1885 in some senses drew the Irish into a closer alliance within the political system.

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The Irish in Manchester c. 1750–1921

Resistance, adaptation and identity

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