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Activities Wise and Otherwise: The Career of Sir Henry Augustus Robinson, 1898-1922

Activities Wise and Otherwise: The Career of Sir Henry Augustus Robinson, 1898-1922

Brendan O Donoghue

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This remarkable biography justifies Robinson’s critical role at a time of momentous events in the last pre-independence decade.

This is the first biography of Sir Henry Augustus Robinson, who in addition to his duties as a senior civil servant in Dublin’s Custom House between 1898 and 1922, acted as unofficial adviser to British ministers on many of the major political issues of the day. A consummate administrator, Robinson was responsible for planning and implementing a new and democratic local government system in 1898–99, and for supervising infrastructural, health and social services in the proceeding twenty years.

Yet, in defiance of civil service norms, he became a figure who had a significant influence on major political issues and the administration of Ireland during the critical years of 1912 to 1922. Brendan O Donoghue uncovers Robinson’s official and unofficial life and work, including his role in the Home Rule controversy, the Conscription Crisis, the release of political prisoners and the decision to agree a truce in 1921. Emerging as a man who loved Ireland but whose unionist status was never in doubt, he was critical of the ‘die-hard’ group who, even in 1918, could not accept that some form of Home Rule was inevitable. He was concerned, however, to avert any solution which would entail complete separation from the Empire or partition.

This remarkable biography justifies Robinson’s critical role at a time of momentous events in the last pre-independence decade.

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Author Brendan O Donoghue
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 31 Aug 2015
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9780716532996

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