What if Ireland remained part of the British Empire?

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What if Ireland was part of the United Kingdom, not just the British Empire. While at one time it had been a colony, by the 19th and 20th Century it was part of the Union. Irish people wanted Home Rule and devolution. Which Scotland and Wales have today. After sixty odd years of trying to get it passed by Parliamentary means, they were so frustrated they decided to fight for independence instead!

Would Ireland be more or less economically successful as part of the UK?

It would have been different economically if Ireland had of amalgamated with the UK. The highs wouldn’t have gotten so high, and the lows of the recession as we experienced it wouldn’t have got get so low. But as of Jan 2016, Ireland are more economically successful out of the UK. That is not to say there were definitely times of depression when being part of the UK would have been beneficial.

Let’s be honest Westminster doesn’t give much concern for anywhere outside the Home Counties. This is despite Wales and the North of England is very profitable, they don’t get much help when their heavy industries and mining collapsed.

Rural areas like Devon and Cornwall don’t seem to get much investment for industry. This would have been terrible for Ireland if they had remained part of Great Britain as it is exactly what Ireland would have needed.Investment to get us off our dependence on agriculture. We got that investment from the EU, but if the EU never existed, then Ireland economically would probably have been better off as part of the UK.

The investment that would have been needed in particular because of our dependence on agriculture would have been near impossible if Ireland had of joined the British empire. We got that investment from the EU, but if the EU never existed, then Ireland economically would probably have been better off as part of the UK.

Would Ireland be more or less politically stable?

Ireland would be less politically stable if it had remained part of the Brittish Empire. Bad things would have had to happen to keep Ireland part of the UK. Not necessarily by the Government, although looking at their record during the troubles, they would not have managed the crisis effectively.

The nightmare scenario would have been a full on, no holds bar civil war between the roughly 4 million Nationalists and 1 million Unionists on the island of Ireland, with the option of a second front opening up in Scotland. (This very nearly happened in 1913 and was only prevented by the outbreak of WWI).

The repercussions of such a war might have locked us into to a continuous cycle of violence, such as happened in the troubles but on a larger scale.

Would there have been any benefits?

There could certainly have been positives to Ireland still being in the UK. There might have been bit less corruption due to codes of silence and the employment pools being relatively small.

There might have been a better separation of Church and State. Perhaps if Ireland had been part of the UK would have knocked some of the provincialism out of the Country. think the UK parliament would have benefited from a vocal minority puncturing their smugness on occasion. I think Ireland would have benefited from a vocal minority of Unionists puncturing our smugness on occasion.

For sure, the UK parliament would have benefited from a vocal minority puncturing their smugness on occasion. But it must be argued that Ireland would have benefited from a vocal minority of Unionists puncturing our smugness on occasion.

As Irish people, are we glad that Ireland is not part of the UK, probably yea. Because generation on generation we are maturing as a country, becoming confident of our abilities and our place in the world.

The enormous chip on our shoulder, (put there for good reason, but then preserved past all common sense), is gradually crumbling away…..