The Union

Twice in close succession in Nestor Mr. Deasy refers to "the union," one of the most consequential and contentious events of Irish history, and twice he falsely represents attitudes toward it. The clear suggestion is that his unionist perspective is founded upon false consciousness. Union refers to the legislative act of 1800 by which the Irish Parliament in Dublin was dissolved and government of the island transferred to the British Parliament in Westminster, effective 1 January 1801. The Union still remains in force today in Northern Ireland.

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The Irish House of Commons in 1780, painted by Francis Wheatley. The figure addressing the body, in a red coat in the right foreground, is Henry Grattan. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The old Irish Parliament building, now a branch of the Bank of Ireland. Source: