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MR. JUSTIN MCCARTHY ON HOME RULE. Mr. Justin M'Carthy, M.P., delivered on Monday night, at the Millwall Dock Institute, under the aus- pices of the Cubitt Town Branch of the Poplar Liberal and Radical Association, a lecture on Ireland. Mr. M'Carthy, who was warmly received, explained that he was not going to make a partisan or political discourse. He proposed to tell the story of Ireland's claim to Home Rule; but not so that anybody could say he had presented the case un- fairly. (Hear, hear.) Fulfilling this intention the hon. member pointed out that the Irish demand for self-government was not a novelty. Irishmen asked not for the creation of a new institution, but for the restoration of that Parliament which for hundreds of years-almost from the beginning of England's con- nection with Ireland to the first year of the present century—had the right of managing Irish affairs. As to the assertion that Home Rule would be dangerous, he pointed out that the Empire went through the greatest strain ever put upon it—the war of American independence—while the Irish Parliament existed and during part of the time when that body had its greatest measure of freedom and power. Nevertheless it was not necessary to detach a single regiment for the purpose of keeping Ireland quiet. (Cheers.) The Irish Parliament, he maintained, was not taken away because of the rebellion of 1798. That rebellion sprang out of and was a protest against the policy which denied Catholic emancipation and meant to extinguish the Irish Parliament because it was willing to grant Catholic emancipation. (Hear, hear.) The abolition of that institution was contrary to the will of the people and those who denied that it was accomplished by force and corruption were con- futed by the statements of Lord Cornwallis, to whom the work was entrusted. There was not, the hon. member contended, any chance of an Irish Parliament oppressing the Protestant minority. At the same time Home Rulers were prepared to give every security against such oppression that the wit of statesmen could devise. Home Rule, instead of bringing separa- tion, would bless both England and Ireland. (Cheers.)

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