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A personal narrative
Kevin McNamara

, the Fenian turned constitutionalist, resigned from Westminster – or from what he called ‘parliamentary penal servitude’30 – in protest against the British war effort in the second Anglo-Boer war. On leaving the House of Commons, he stated: ‘When I go, I shall tell my boys, “I have been some five years in this House, and the conclusion with which I  leave it is that no cause, however just, will find support, no wrong, however pressing or apparent, will find redress here, unless backed up by force”. This is a message which I shall take from this assembly to my sons

in The British Labour Party and twentieth-century Ireland