Financial Relations between England and Ireland (Russell, 1901)

1.648. T.W. Russell, M.P., Ireland and the Empire: A Review, 1800-1900, (London: Grant Richards, 1901), pp.133-34. BL

Extract from T.W. Russell, Ireland and the Empire (1901), on financial relations between England and Ireland.

As the conclusion of the chapter ‘The Union and Balfourian Amelioration, 1886-1900’, Russell addresses the need for further reform. Having already covered the Land Question and the Education Controversy, both endlessly discussed in the Irish press during 1904, he moves on, in this passage, to the third outstanding aspect of English unfair treatment of Ireland in urgent need of redress:

Finally, it is absolutely necessary that some understanding should be arrived at in regard to the financial relations between the two countries. A Royal Commission has reported that these relations are not fair toward the poorer country. It is no answer for the Government — for any Government — to say that the Commissioners went wrong, that the Commission itself was not quite impartial. It is no good for the predominant partner to plead “not guilty.” The decision of a competent Court has been given against England; that decision stands until it is reversed. By all means let there be an appeal; establish a new and a better tribunal; let the case be threshed out; but, until this is done, the decision of the Court stands against England, and the Irish grievance is established. I take no high ground here; let the truth be established. But these three questions remain to be dealt with. The Unionist party is singularly well qualified and perfectly equipped for dealing with them, and there cannot, and ought not, to be content in Ireland whilst they remain unsettled. Until they are disposed of the Unionist policy for Ireland is incomplete.