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Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland$
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Matthew Kelly

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620320

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620320.001.0001

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‘A Voice for Ireland’: Isaac Butt, Environmental Justice, and the Dilemmas of the Irish Land Question

‘A Voice for Ireland’: Isaac Butt, Environmental Justice, and the Dilemmas of the Irish Land Question

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(p.55) 3 ‘A Voice for Ireland’: Isaac Butt, Environmental Justice, and the Dilemmas of the Irish Land Question
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Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
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Colin W. Reid

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620320.003.0004

This chapter examines ideas of environmental justice in nineteenth-century Ireland through the prism of Isaac Butt. Butt was one of the most prominent champions of agrarian reform from the 1830s to the 1870s. His desire for change was rooted in ideas of humanist justice and political economy: the land question, for Butt, was primarily an issue concerning those excluded from legal right to their holdings. The chapter highlights Butt’s radical rhetoric concerning the land question during the 1860s, and how the failure of the British state to ‘settle’ the question contributed to his move towards Home Rule. By 1870, Butt reasoned that only an Irish parliament could legislate to produce justice on the land. The environment was, in Butt’s estimation, a constitutional issue.

Keywords:   Isaac Butt, Irish land, political economy, environmental justice, Home Rule, rhetoric

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