Home Government Association

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Home Government Association
Succeeded byHome Rule League
IdeologyIrish Home Rule
Irish nationalism

The Home Government Association was a pressure group launched by Isaac Butt in support of home rule for Ireland at a meeting in Bilton's Hotel, Dublin, on 19 May 1870.

The meeting was attended or supported by sixty-one people of different political and religious persuasions, including six Fenians, Butt seemingly having consulted with the Irish Republican Brotherhood before launching his initiative. [1]

Its inaugural public meeting was held on 1 September 1870. Active in campaigning in several elections for the association was P. F. Johnson.

It became the Home Rule League in 1873.


  1. ^ Jackson, Alvin: Home Rule: An Irish History 1800—2000 pp.31-32, Phoenix Press (2003) ISBN 0-75381-767-5