Irish Republic

  • S. H. Steinberg
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


In 1863 Ireland was part of the United Kingdom and was represented in the Imperial Parliament by 105 commoners and 4 spiritual and 28 temporal peers. The executive government was vested in the Lord Lieutenant assisted by a Privy Council and a Chief Secretary, who was a member of the House of Commons. The population in 1861 was 5,798,967 and was declining annually because of continuing emigration which had been increased substantially by the famine of the 1840s. The economy of the country was largely agricultural and there was a gradual change taking place from tillage to pasture. Lack of security of tenure was a major problem in landlord and tenant relations.



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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1963

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. H. Steinberg
    • 1
  1. 1.The Royal Historical SocietyUK

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