Unionist rhetoric and Irish local government reform, 1895–9

  title={Unionist rhetoric and Irish local government reform, 1895–9},
  author={Andrew Gailey},
  journal={Irish Historical Studies},
  pages={52 - 68}
  • A. Gailey
  • Published 1 May 1984
  • History
  • Irish Historical Studies
Gerald Balfour's appointment as chief secretary for Ireland on 4 July 1895 was as unexpected as it was intriguing. Recording the event in his diary Sir Edward Hamilton, Gladstone's former private secretary and now assistant financial secretary to the Treasury, described it as ‘quite a surprise and a considerable experiment’, and the Carlton Club, noted more for its relentless suspicion of Irish chief secretaries than its welcoming of surprises and experiments, grumbled ominously. After all… 
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