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Definition of home rule in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The government of a colony, dependent country, or region by its own citizens, in particular as advocated for Ireland 1870–1914.
Example sentences
  • In 1887 a series of protests over unemployment and home rule for Ireland - an important issue given the large number of Irish immigrants - helped stoke the mood across London.
  • It has allowed states to grant local governments measures of home rule, though this will differ from state to state.
  • The 1886 riots were not simply the result of communal tension, but also the working out of conflict relating to the political issue of the day, the question of home rule for Ireland.

The campaign for Irish home rule was one of the dominant forces in British politics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly in that Irish nationalists frequently held the balance of power in the House of Commons. A Home Rule Act was finally passed in 1914 but was suspended until after the First World War; after the Easter Rising of 1916 and Sinn Fein’s successes in the general election of 1918, southern Ireland became the Irish Free State in 1921

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