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The Situation In Ireland But who are we that we should hesitate to die for Ireland Are not the claims of Ireland greater on us than any personal ones Is it fear that deters us from such an enterprise Away with such fears Cowards die many times the brave only die once Padraic Pearse rebellion leader 1916 The New Republic 34 Pearses words spoken just before the Easter rebellion summarizes many Irish feelings toward rebellion for independence In order to gain freedom from the British revolutionaries were willing to sacrifice anything even their lives For centuries the Irish had been part of the vast British empire and for most of that time they struggled to obtain their sovereignty Numerous events sparked this discontent in Ireland in the early 20th century At the top of their list of grievances was the political treatment of the Irish The Irish parliament was highly inadequate and inefficient with no real power to represent the people The Outlook pg 116 Additionally Britain governed Ireland in the same manner that it governed all of its territories it ruled according to what would best serve Great Britain not the territory For example Irelands commerce was discouraged and their manufacturing was paralyzed by British legislation The Outlook pg 116 Religious treatment of Ro man Catholics also angered the Irish A large number of Irish were and still are Catholic and were repressed in many ways by English legislature They were expected to pay taxes to support the Established Church of England which gave Catholics no services Furthermore Britain forbade Catholics from providing education for their own children Catholics could not be teachers and parents could not send their children abroad for education without forfeiture of their property and citizenship The Outlook pg 117 Although these actions by the British government infuriated the Irish the new wave of rebellion actually began again in 1914 with the British governments repeal of the recently
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