A Full and Revised Report of the Three Days' Discussion in the Corporation of Dublin on the Repeal of the Union,: With Dedication to Cornelius Mac Loghlin, Esq., and an Address to the People of Ireland. By Daniel O'Connell, M.P. To which are Added a Valuable Appendix, and the Petition from the Corporation to the Imperial Parliament, for the Restoration of Ireland's Domestic Legislature
Esq. John Levy
James Duffy, 25, Anglesea Street., 1843 - Home rule - 211 pages
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Page 24 - Britain, on which connection the interests and happiness of both nations essentially depend: but that the kingdom of Ireland is a distinct kingdom, with a parliament of her own— the sole legislature thereof. That there is no body of men competent to make laws to bind this nation except the King, Lords and Commons of Ireland; nor any other parliament which hath any authority or power of any sort whatsoever in this country save only the Parliament of Ireland.
Page 36 - I in the most express terms deny the competency of parliament to do this act — I warn you, do not dare to lay your hand on the Constitution. I tell you that if, circumstanced as you are, you pass this act, it will be a nullity, and that no man in Ireland will be bound to obey it.
Page 35 - The power of the legislative being derived from the people by a positive voluntary grant and institution, can be no other than what that positive grant conveyed, which being only to make laws, and not to make legislators, the legislative can have no power to transfer their authority of making laws and place it in other hands.
Page 36 - ... derives its title to the throne. Has the King a right to transfer his crown ? Is he competent to annex it to the crown of Spain, or any other country? No; but he may abdicate it, and every man who knows the constitution knows the consequence — the right reverts to the next in succession. If they all abdicate, it reverts to the people. The man who questions this doctrine, in the same breath must arraign the sovereign on the throne as a usurper. Are you competent to transfer your legislative...
Page 20 - Repeal. Nay, were Mr Perceval, to-morrow, to offer me the Repeal of the Union, upon the terms of re-enacting the entire penal code, I declare it from my heart, and in the presence of my God, that I would most cheerfully embrace his offer.
Page 193 - You may make the Union binding as a law, but you cannot make it obligatory on conscience — it will be obeyed as long as England is strong, but resistance to it will be, in the abstract, a duty, and the exhibition of that resistance will be a mere question of prudence.
Page 36 - I make the assertion deliberately — I repeat it, and I call on any man who hears me, to take down...
Page 105 - What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted ? Thrice is he armed, that hath his quarrel just ; And he but naked, though locked up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted.
Page 19 - Union, or the reenactment of the whole penal code in all its pristine horrors, that he would prefer without hesitation the latter, as the lesser and more sufferable evil ; that he would rather confide in the justice of his brethren, the Protestants of Ireland, who have already liberated him, than lay his country at the feet of foreigners.