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Title: T.P. O'Connor and the Irish Parliamentary Party, 1912-24
Author: Doherty , Erica Samantha
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis is an examination of the political career of the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) politician, Thomas Power O'Connor, from 1912 to 1924. Its central focus is O'Connor's role within the leadership of the IPP during this period, with particular attention given to his position as go-between during the party's various Irish home rule negotiations with the British government. Moving away from the traditional historiographical focus on the other leaders involved, it utilises a wide range of both primary and secondary sources in an attempt to illustrate O'Connor's vital role during these turbulent years. It not only provides an in-depth account and analysis of O'Connor's parliamentary career but also contributes to the overall historical understanding of the IPP. Chapter one examines O'Connor's involvement surrounding the introduction and passing of the third Irish home rule bill Chapter two details his participation in supporting the British war effort and his reasons for doing so. Chapter three investigates his role as go• between during the Lloyd George Irish home rule negotiations of May-July 1916, whilst chapter four deals with the political fallout of these talks and their impact upon O'Connor's reputation. Chapter five details his party fundraising mission to American and the difficulties he faced there. Chapter six evaluates the success of O'Connor and the party rump at Westminster from 1918•24. By examining his political outlook and ideology, this thesis also engages with the historiographical debate surrounding O'Connor's identity as either a British or an Irish politician
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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