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T.M. Healy: The Rise and Fall of Parnell and the Establishment of the Free State
T.M. Healy: The Rise and Fall of Parnell and the Establishment of the Free State

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Authors: Frank Callanan
Publication Year: Hardback 1996
Pages: 754
Size: 240 x 160mm

ISBN: 9781859180099


Timothy Michael Healy was the most brilliant and controversial politician of the era of the Irish Parliamentary Party. A politician of savage fluency, he more than anyone else shaped the idiom of modern Irish nationalism. His political career spans three disparate eras: the Parnellite decade, the post-Parnell era and the rise of Sinn Fein and the foundation of the Irish Free State. He began his political life with polemics against Isaac Butt, and ended with denunciations of de Valera. A complex thwarted temperament, his oratory and journalism were of unique vehemence and emotional range. The great drama of his life was his role in the rise and fall of Parnell. The most skilled propagandist of Parnellism, he became in the split his former mentor's most savage assailant. His rhetoric against Parnell fused ferocity with a poetic suppleness of language. The violence of his language rings through the decades that followed the death of Parnell in October 1891, and reverberates in the writings of W.B. Yeats and James Joyce. Healy's career was a succession of violent antagonisms: against Butt, Parnell, John Dillon, and eventually against Eamon de Valera. In loose confederacy with his former adversary William O'Brien and William Martin Murphy the Dublin entrepreneur, he did much to destroy the Irish Parliamentary Party of John Redmond and John Dillon. Resigning from Parliament in 1918, he effected a skilful rapprochement with the rising Sinn Fein. A friend of Beaverbrook, and an acquaintance of F.E. Smith, Winston Churchill, Lloyd George and Bonar Law, Healy interposed himself in the negotiations for the treaty in 1921. He was Governor-General of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1928. This is the first study to re-assess the career of the most flagrantly neglected figure of modern Irish politics. T.M. Healy: The Rise and Fall of Parnell and the Establishment of the Irish Free State was launched in Newman House, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin on November 28th 1996 by An Taoiseach John Bruton.

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