Mr. Birrell, concerned about the Irish Backstop?

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When: 01 January 1914

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A photograph from 1914 with a British politician in full top hat and tails who is concerned about the Irish question. Ironically over 100 years later British politicians of all hues are concerned about... the Irish question all over again!

Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection

Date: 1914


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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 23/Sep/2019 08:11:21

    How is he walking with just one leg??

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    • 23/Sep/2019 08:27:35

    "Augustine Birrell KC (19 January 1850 – 20 November 1933) was a British Liberal Party politician, who was Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1907 to 1916. In this post, he was praised for enabling tenant farmers to own their property, and for extending university education for Catholics. But he was criticised for failing to take action against the rebels before the Easter Rising, and resigned. A barrister by training, he was also an author, noted for humorous essays. ... " More at Ed. - Also including this which might explain the look on his face in 1914 - "Personal Life While Birrell's first phase as Chief Secretary was a clear success, the period from about 1912 onwards saw something of a decline in Birrell's career which was also mirrored in his domestic life. Birrell's second wife Eleanor had been suffering from an inoperable brain tumour and this eventually caused her to lose her sanity. This affected Birrell deeply, privately and publicly, but he did not tell his political colleagues, who were simply given to understand that she did not care for social life. There were two sons of the marriage Francis and Anthony. The quality of his public work deteriorated and as one historian has noted the severe personal strain must have been a contributory factor in "...the uncharacteristic combination of excessive zeal and indecision which marked [Birrell's] response to the Dublin industrial agitation of 1913".[39] Only after Eleanor died in 1915 did Birrell begin to regain some of his old energy and effectiveness as a minister."

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    • 23/Sep/2019 09:01:42

    Via Trove, a couple of glowing contemporary (1916) articles about Mr Birrell -

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    • 23/Sep/2019 09:25:22

    And, on and on it goes and will continue.

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    • 23/Sep/2019 11:19:39

    The stairs behind him might be these ones, on Downing St alongside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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    • 23/Sep/2019 11:36:26

    [] Good call! Amazed that streetview goes inside No. 10 Downing Street -

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    • 23/Sep/2019 12:13:14

    the bordering to this photo in its north east corner is unseen and .......

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 23/Sep/2019 14:11:07 He is doing well! Many of them around this time and even now are going around legless;-)

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    Luís Henrique Boucault

    • 27/Sep/2019 04:32:08

    Very nice shot! Well done!

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 30/Sep/2019 08:00:11

    Great discovery and photo