Advert for the Liberal Home Ruler Newspaper
Medium: Print on paper
'The Liberal Home Ruler' was a nationally distributed review dedicated to the subject of Irish Home Rule. Riots and anti-landlord class violence in Ireland had made land reform a cornerstone of Liberal government policy in the 1870s and 1880s. Once these reforms were entrained, the push began on both sides of the Irish sea for limited Irish independence from Britain.
Liberal leader William Gladstone, quoted on this flyer, was strongly in favour of this idea, but several Home Rule bills were defeated in parliament by committed Tory opposition. The final Home Rule bill of 1894 was scuppered when Charles Stewart Parnell, leader of the Irish Home Rule Party, was revealed as having an extra-marital affair. Parnell lost the support of his party, and the issue of Irish independence disappeared almost entirely from the Westminster agenda until a violent uprising in Dublin in Easter 1916.