Twice in close succession in Nestor Mr. Deasy refers to "the union," one of the most consequential events of Irish history, and twice he makes false claims about it, undermining his proudly unionist politics. The term 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, which remains in force today in Northern Ireland, was an unmitigated disaster for the city of Dublin.

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1780 oil painting by Francis Wheatley of the Irish House of Commons, with Henry Grattan shown in the right foreground, in a red coat, addressing the body. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The front entrance to the old Irish Parliament building on College Green, now a branch of the Bank of Ireland. Source: www.pinterest.com.

The building's eastern portico on Westmoreland Street.
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Source: Cyril Pearl, Dublin in Bloomtime.