Parnell

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Parnell

Charles Stewart. 1846--91, Irish nationalist, who led the Irish Home Rule movement in Parliament (1880--90) with a calculated policy of obstruction. Although Gladstone was converted to Home Rule (1886), Parnell's career was ruined by the scandal over his adultery with Mrs O'Shea
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As this suggests, Horgan suspected no tension between his sentimental Parnellism and this Redmondite politics, describing Redmond's famous Melbourne speech of 1883--"Let us have national freedom and Imperial unity and strength"--as evidence of his hero's absolute consistency of purpose and foretelling "the basis of the future British Commonwealth.