Punch and the Great Famine

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Opening the gate, or 'coming events cast their shadows before', December 1845
Justice to Ireland, April 1846
Height of Impudence, December 1846
The bad boy who didn't care, May 1846
Union is Strength, October 1846
Punch and Paddy, December 1846
O'Connell stumped out, February 1847
Little Jack Horner, July 1847

Opening the Gate
Sir Robert Peel stated at a Cabinet Council that the instructions to be issued to the Irish Famine Commissioners were inconsistent with a determination to maintain the present Corn Laws.
Justice to Ireland
Owing to the disturbed state of Ireland - the potato crop having failed throughout the country - an Irish Arms (or Coercion) Bill was brought in by the Peel ministry.
Height of impudence
The state of Ireland become more unsatisfactory towards the end of 1846, and more than one agrarian murder was committed.
The bad boy who didn't care
Mr. W. Smith O'Brien was committed to the custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms for not obeying an order of the House to attend a committee.
Union is Strength
Terrible distress prevailed in Ireland owing to the failure of the potato crops.
Put away that nasty thing, and let's have a merry Christmas
The distress in Ireland had made the peasant much too familiar with the blunderbuss and other firearms.
O'Connell stumped out
The Government, by giving employment to a large number of people in Ireland, by voting money to complete Irish railways, and by other measures of relief, was thought to have greatly damaged the influence of Mr. O'Connell.
Little Jack Horner
One of the most important Measures passed for the mitigation of the sufferings of the Irish people by Lord John Russell's Ministry during its first Session, was the Irish loan.

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