Mr. Parnell's Rottweiler

Mr. Parnell's Rottweiler

Censorship and the United Ireland Newspaper, 1881-1891

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In this book, author Myles Dungan forcefully analyzes the struggle of Irish nationalist newspapers in the riotous decade of the 1880s - in particular, that of the Parnellite newspaper United Ireland. While examining the extent of British censorship in dealing with Irish nationalist newspapers, Dungan provides a fresh and involving consideration of the ways in which United Ireland could be accused of committing the same crimes as the British administrations. Making extensive use of fascinating archival materials, the book establishes the different ways in which both British administrations - that of Gladstone and Salisbury - counteracted the most assertive journalistic and nationalist voice during this turbulent time, suppressing freedom of speech. The details are no less steadfast when it comes to presenting the questionable conduct of United Ireland as they policed the press in order to eliminate points of view that dissented from their own.

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Mr. Parnell’s Rottweiler is the exploration of the Irish government’s perceived need to censor the Irish press in order to keep information from its politically astute readership. The author examines the years between 1881 and 1891 and his work focuses specifically on the weekly Parnellite newspaper called United Ireland. As William E. Forster wrote, “what we want to enforce is silence.” Despite the partisan and nationalistic leanings of the press, both political parties sought to control the press in a manner the author describes as “Machiavellian”. Dungan states that if it was the intention of the government to achieve its goal without seeming tyrannical or, at the very least, autocratic, both parties “signally failed”. The whys and wherefores of the politicians’ desire to censor the press are borne from the fact that, in the age before the technological revolution, power over the press meant the ability to control virtually the only means by which information could be disseminated en masse. Thus, controlling the press meant complete control of the political atmosphere. However, after a decade of assiduously trying to control the press, including antagonizing and incarcerating the press, the result was mostly ineffectual. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Sallins, Co. Kildare, Irealand :, Irish Academic Press,, [2014]
Copyright Date: Ă2014
ISBN: 9780716532354
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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