Catholic Emancipation in 1829 Was the Most Important Turning Point in the Union with Britain in the Period 1801-1870’ How Far Do You Agree?

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‘Catholic Emancipation in 1829 was the most important turning point in the Union with Britain in the period 1801-1870’ How far do you agree?

Intro: OPINION (no) * A turning point is: a time at which a decisive change in a situation occurs, especially one with beneficial results. specific, significant moment when something begins to change * I disagree because the famine had devastating effects on the people of Ireland

Catholic Emancipation: Granted virtually full civil and political rights to Roman Catholics, which meant they could now become MP’s and could occupy the highest positions in the state

How was it a turning point? * Opened the door to the possibility of a Catholic-controlled Ireland * Blow to the ‘Protestant Ascendancy’s’ monopoly on power as it opened up opportunities for Catholic advancement in politics, professions and government service. * led to the rise of the Irish tenant farmers as a powerful voice for change ( a desire for Home Rule) * Enabled Catholics to hold public office. E.G Daniel O’Connell * Showed how successful the mobilisation of popular support could be to the constitutional nationalist cause for change. * had limited initial impact on the electoral system until at least 1852, (Until ‘Independent Irish Party’ was created.) * fundamental change in Ireland after 1829 was slow after the passing of the act. Indeed, since the Catholic Emancipation Act was regarded as primarily a Catholic victory, sectarianism actually increased,

Act of Union: legislative agreement uniting Great Britain (England and Scotland) and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

How was it a truing point? * Set the political, economic and religious agenda for much of the rest of the period. * Provoked a revival of nationalist feelings, both revolutionary (Robert…...

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