United Irish League

United Irish League

United Irish League

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thumb|220px|right|William O'Brien, founder of the <br>United Irish League.The United Irish League (UIL) was a nationalist political party in Ireland, launched 23 January 1898 with the motto "The Land for the People" .O’Brien, Joseph V.: William O’Brien and the course of Irish Politics, 1881-1918, “"The United Irish League"” p.107, University of California Press (1976) ISBN 0-520-02886-4 Its objective to be achieved through agrarian agitation and land reform, compelling larger grazier farmers to surrender their lands for redistribution amongst the small tenant farmers. Founded and initiated at Westport, County Mayo by William O'Brien, it was supported by Michael Davitt MP, John Dillon MP, who worded its constitution, Timothy Harrington MP and the Catholic clergy of the district. Miller, David W.: Church, State and Nation in Ireland 1898-1921 pp.19-28, Gill & Macmillan (1973) ISBN 0 7171 0645 4

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In 1895 William O’Brien retired from Parliament and the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) in the wake of the Parnell split, by which the party became fragmented into three separate networks of local organisation -- the Parnellite Irish National League , the Dillionite anti-Parnellite Irish National Federation...
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