COMMENT: Lessons in ingenuity from the Victorian age

Could the innovation of post-Famine politicians in dealing with the absentee landlord mortgage crisis offer a silver bullet for today’s conundrum?

3rd September, 2011

Could the innovation of post-Famine politicians in dealing with the absentee landlord mortgage crisis offer a silver bullet for today’s conundrum?

After 1847, the worst year of the Famine, the London government decided it needed to introduce new private capital to Ireland and to clear the lands of the cottier tenants and their absentee landlords. While we may today view the project as strangely lacking in humanity, with its clear echoes of Cromwell’s...

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