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The Great Famine In 1800 some five million people lived in Ireland By the autumn of 1845 when the Great Famine struck Ireland there were more than eight million Many of them were wretchedly poor eking out a precarious living on tiny plots of land and dependent on each years potato crop Hunger was no novelty to peasant families for there had been partial failures of the potato crop in other years However these had always been of limited duration and confined to a small number of counties The Great Famine lasted from 1845 to 1848 and crop failure affected the whole island The cause of the famine was a fungus disease which made the potato plants to rot in the ground giving off an appalling stench The blight first destroyed crops on the eastern seaboard of America in 1842 then appeared in England in the summer of 1845 In September the counties of Wexford and Waterford reported the disease More than half the Irish potato crop failed in 1845 Sir Robert Peel the British prime minister appointed a commission to investigate the problem but scientists were unable to explain the disease let alone find a cure In 1846 the potato crop was a total failure Peel to his credit also introduced relief measures In November 1845 the government spent 100000 on buying grain from America in the hope of keeping food prices down in Ireland He appointed a relief commission which set about forming local committees to raise money and to distribute food At Westminster in part prompted by Irelands problems Peel succeeded in repealing the protectionist corn laws in June 1846 This opened up the prospect of cheap imports from America A month later he was out of office defeated over a bill to deal with the growing agrarian disturbances in Ireland The new Whig government led by Lord John Russell believed in a free market
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