Isaac Butt

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Butt, Isaac


Born Sept. 6, 1813, in Glenfin, County Donegal; died May 5, 1879, in Dublin. Irish political figure.

Butt was a professor of political economy at Dublin University (from 1836), a journalist, and an attorney. In the 1860’s he was prominent as a defense attorney in several trials of participants in the Irish liberation movement. In 1870 he was one of the founders of the Association for the Home Government of Ireland (after 1873, the Irish Home Rule League) and one of the leaders of the Irish opposition in the British Parliament. In the struggle for Irish self-government Butt supported moderate tactics and criticized the method of parliamentary obstruction. As a result, Butt lost his influence in the Home Rule League, and Charles Parnell became its leader.

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He was not an intellectual, like his predecessor, Isaac Butt; Parnell did not commit himself, as Butt did, to pamphleteering on land reform and the need for constitutional change, making it extremely difficult to probe his political thought.
This is not a study of local politics, nor of the Irish Conservative intelligentsia who have attracted renewed attention of late (Isaac Butt is never mentioned, though as MP for Youghal 1852--65 he must have featured in Conservative attempts to recruit every available Irish MP to prop up Conservative minority governments).
Home Rule leader Isaac Butt defended Fox against tyranny of poor law commissioners: "What man with any decency or manly feeling in his breast would venture to join such an outrage against a defenseless woman, even though that woman be a friendless and hopeless pauper?" (54) Usually, the government would stoutly defend poor law officials against such accusations.
Yet he was the personal choice of Isaac Butt, the leader of the Home Rulers at Westminster.
The same problems do crop up again and again in Ireland: Isaac Butt found himself sandwiched between Nationalists hungry for results and a disinterested British government whilst seventy years later, John Redmond, during the first World War, had the same problem.
Ireland's maestro of the airwaves joins an illustrious list of names who have become Freemen since Isaac Butt in September 1876.
He was a founding member of Isaac Butt's Home Government Association but by 1871 was expressing his frustration with Irish Protestants: 'what traitors they are as a rule--willing to sell their country, bound over hand and foot, so long as they are allowed to have their gilded chains on' (p.
I think the run at Musselburgh just came too soon, as it often does when you're trying to beat the handicapper." Laura Young, trainer of Isaac Butt "He's going up there with Tail Of The Bank, who is my main hope.
IN THE FIRST TWENTY-THREE-PAGES of his book, Alvin Jackson discusses the political, economic, and social changes preparing the way for Isaac Butt to launch the Home Government Association in 1870.
There are essays on the formation of the Union, the roles of Isaac Butt and Sir Horace Plunkett, the development of pro-Union feeling, the opposition of Protestant churches to the call for home rule, Unionist literature and an interesting essay on scientists against home rule.
Googling a runner Isaac Butt 3.10 Newcastle A QC and MP, Butt (1813-1879) was an Irish barrister, politician and the founder and first leader of a number of Irish nationalist parties and organisations, including the Home Government Association in 1870 and in 1873 the Home Rule League.