Dermot Meleady is the author of a two-part biography on John Redmond, who was probably the most influential political leader in Ireland in the early 20th century. He will present a talk and discussion on John Redmond- What if… in the City Library, Grand Parade, on Wednesday 26 November at 7 p.m.
In the discussion on John Redmond, leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, Dermot Meleady will assess his role in Irish political life and events in 1914. He will focus on some leading questions about Redmond and if circumstances had been different would Irish history have been radically altered? What if Home Rule had been implemented at the outset of World War? What would it have done for Redmond’s standing as the leader of the Irish parliamentary process? What would Irish Home Rule have meant for the new nationalists who advocated physical force and separation from Britain? These are some of the possibilities that Dermot Meleady will tease out with the audience.