I believe that although the Catholic Emancipation Act was
significant in improving the lives of Catholics to a fair extent as it was the
base of improving their lives but wasn’t the most significant. I believe that
the most significant factor would be the Anglo-Irish treaty shortly followed by
the Easter rising. The Anglo-Irish treaty would have helped Ireland to become
an independent state.
The situation of Irish Catholics before 1800 was significantly
different than it was in 1922.Around 1795 the lieutenant of Ireland thought
that the Roman Catholic emancipation should include complete political
equality. Violence arose in Ireland from 1795 as the Protestants in Ireland
created the Orange safeguard Protestantism in Ireland which could have been
used as a catalyst to the violence. Many peasants joined a rising which
occurred in May 1798 who had an aim of gaining Catholic Emancipation however,
One event that would affect the lives of Irish Catholics was
the Act of Union in 1801. The main reason for this event to occur was because
many Catholics would have thought that this event could then lead to the
Catholic Emancipation which all Catholics would have wanted and would then lead
to greater freedom. A limitation of this event would have been that Irish
Catholics would have been controlled by the English and would feel oppressed by
them and would want to be liberated. This was a limitation as Irish Catholics
would have wanted to be liberated and not being oppressed. Overall, the act of union in 1801 wasn’t the
most significant factor in improving lives of Irish Catholics as if anything it
made it worse as they were controlled by England and would have felt powerless
however, did lead to the Emancipation Act in 1829 which would have gave them
I believe that the Catholic Emancipation was important in
improving the lives of Irish Catholics to a fair extent as it was the starting
block for all the other events to occur. The act was passed because it would
grant Catholics civil rights also there was great tension in Ireland around the
time. The lives of Irish Catholics were terrible as Irish Catholics were
treated like slaves and had no chance in succeeding any chance in the future.
They were oppressed due to the fact their quality of life would have been low
due to their environment where they had to work.
It was seen as a symbolic victory for Irish Catholics,’ the
first token of national rehabilitation and self-respect obtained by the efforts
of the people themselves’. It would mean that Irish Catholics could end up
becoming MP’s but couldn’t become a Lord Chancellor. This can be considered a large success as this
would mean that Irish Catholics could hold positions in Parliament of major
influence. Also, the Emancipation showed the strength of Catholic public
opinion, which posed a future of change through the opinion of the masses.
Irish Catholics were still excluded from the throne.
Sectarianism increased following this as Irish Protestants viewed this
achievement as purely Catholic. This can be seen as unsuccessful for Irish
Catholics as it created a further divide in Ireland. Furthermore, a change in
Franchise qualification (from 40 shilling to £10 household suffrage) meant that
the Irish electorate was cut to 1/6th of its former size. This gave Irish
Catholics a smaller chance to politically contribute.