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'The Fenian-Pest', 1866. Artist: John Tenniel
'The Fenian-Pest', 1866. Hibernia remarks O my dear Sister, What are we to do with these Troublesome People? Britannia replies Try Isolation first, my dear and Then - Britannia on the left can be seen literally stamping out any plot to rise up in an effort to 'break the Queen's authority'. Hibernia clings to Britannia's arm while, in the background are the vicious Fenian ringleaders. That much of their funding, and military equipment and impetus came from the United States is reflected in the striped trousers worn by the Fenian facing Britannia. His expression is that of a wild animal held at bay. In March 1866, the Fenian troubles continued to escalate in violence. Therefore, the Lord Lieutenant's recommendation that the Habeas Corpus in Ireland should be suspended was given serious consideration. The bill to suspend Habeas Corpus in Ireland was passed in both the Commons and the Lords. From Punch, or the London Charivari, March 3, 1866.
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