To What Extent Do You Agree That the Land Issue Was the Main Source of Conflict Between the Irish and the British Government?

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To what extent do you agree that the land issue was the main source of conflict between the Irish and the British government?
In 1870 a third of the land in Ireland was owned by less than 2 per cent of the land-owning gentry (302 people) and 25 per cent of the total number of landlords did not even live in Ireland. Nearly all of them were protestant and British whose families had been given the land during the Ulster planting, displacing the native Irish or allowing them to work the land but only if they paid rent to the land-owner which sowed the seeds of resentment that would last until the modern day. The problems caused by who owned the land was partly responsible for the terrible impact of the Great Famine or Irish Potato Famine from 1845 to 1847. William Gladstone attempted to resolve the land issue but by the end of the Nineteenth Century not a great deal had been done which specifically improved the lifestyle of those who worked on the land.
The Irish potato famine was one of the worse famines in European history; close to one million people died of starvation and over fifty thousand evictions of land-workers took place. Many in Britain were sympathetic to the suffering of the Irish with the popular newspaper London Illustrated Times publishing accurate or over-dramatized pictures of the famine to encourage members of the public to lend support and even Queen Victoria donated large sums of money to voluntary organisations seeking to aid the Irish, however the Tory government of the time believed in a laissez faire approach to ruling so they believed that too much interference on the governments behalf would lead to a nanny s state so in 1847 they scrapped work programmes, designed to provide a source of income for unemployed Irish, and replaced them instead with soup kitchens which were unable to cope with the demand for food. Some landlords tried to help…...

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