Actually you are wrong about this. The Curragh Mutiny removed any doubts about the British Army forcing the unionists into a United Ireland. Your knowledge of the events of that time seems to be drawn from a single source rather than from a wide range of sources.pfinnegan said:With all due respect you are missing the point. Redmond would not accept partition and he did not believe in the principle of consent i.e. allowing Unionists to opt out. He fully expected that in the event of UDI the British Army would suppress the UVF.
No. That's a simplistic argument.Acceptance of consent is support for partition.
You are ignoring that the situation had changed drastically - Ireland was independent. The Ireland of Redmond's time was not. You seem to ignore this fundamental point in order to float your thesis.De Valera's reversal of the principle of consent realigned Irish Government policy with that of Redmond and the IPP.
Hardly. To attribute the success of FF in the Free State to your single idea is foolish. Have you thought of writing for the Sindo?de Valera was a republican, Redmond was a monarchist but their position vis a vi partition was the same and this helps to explain why de Valera and the Fianna Fail party had so much electoral success in the Free State. Their "United Ireland" policies appealed to IPP(Home Rule) voters.