Sinn Féin ascendant
in Michael Logue and the Catholic Church in Ireland, 1879–1925
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This chapter explains that historians have long since divined the signs and portents encompassed in the events of April and May 1916. It has often been chronicled how the seizure of buildings in Dublin by elements of the Irish Volunteers, the proclamation of an Irish republic, the short war of attrition followed by surrender and execution, led to a seismic shift in Irish political aspirations. Logue's speech was a delicate balancing act. His attempt to be critical of the government yet refrain from inflammatory language had produced a rather tortuous affair, which was riddled with inconsistencies. Logue's politics did not mean he was automatically predisposed to reject the republican movement. His disaffection with the Irish Party had been exacerbated to an extreme by the encroachment of partition. He believed that Home Rule would not provide the necessary framework to enact real change and, therefore, favoured dominion status. If Logue's intervention in the general election in Ulster indicated his acceptance of Sinn Féin as a party to do business with, other bishops were more forthright in their support.

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