Daily Irish Independent

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First issue of the Irish Independent--Jan 2, 1905

The Daily Irish Independent was an Irish newspaper launched in the 1890s to promote the pro-Parnellite cause following the split in the Irish Parliamentary Party[1] over Parnell's continuing leadership. The party had split following the revelation that Parnell had been involved in a long-running relationship with Katherine O'Shea, the wife of a fellow MP, and was the father of most of her children.[2]

The leading Irish nationalist newspaper, the Freeman's Journal, sides with the majority anti-Parnellite side. The Daily Irish Independent was launched to promote the cause of the deposed IPP leader.

Post Factions[edit]

In 1900, the IPP's factions made peace. Following a change of ownership to William Martin Murphy,[3] and in the belief that the healing of wounds removed the need for pro- and anti-Parnellite papers, the paper was reinvented as the Irish Independent,[4] with Tim Harrington as editor. On January 2, 1905 the new paper was launched.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charles Parnell (1846 - 1891)". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Charles Stewart Parnell and Katherine O'Shea". www.steyningmuseum.org. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Irish Independent and Sunday Independent". www.irishnewsarchive.com. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "independent". www.independent.ie. Retrieved 13 December 2012.