Uneasy transitions
Irish nationalism, the rise of Labour and the Catholic Herald, 1888–1918
in The British Labour Party and twentieth-century Ireland
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By the beginning of the twentieth century, a significant percentage of Irish workers in Britain articulated their proletarian solidarities by joining the trade union movement and, notwithstanding their abiding attachment to the Irish nationalist cause, increasingly they looked to the nascent Labour Party to defend their interests. To some extent, this was a reflection of their growing disaffection with the Irish Party which expected the migrant community to prioritise the nationalist cause over their anxieties about Catholic education, employment and wages, and welfare provision. In examining these shifting allegiances, this study focuses on the career of newspaper magnate, Charles Diamond, his role as a champion of the Irish nationalist cause through his Herald newspaper titles, and ultimately his gravitation, along with much of his readership, towards the Labour Party after 1918.

The British Labour Party and twentieth-century Ireland

The cause of Ireland, the cause of Labour

Editor: Laurence Marley

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