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25th July 1917

First Meeting of Lloyd George Irish Convention

David Lloyd George, now prime minister, held a convention consisting of 95 representatives (Unionists and Nationalists) to try to bring a resolution to the problems in Ireland. Sinn Féin, who wanted a totally independent Ireland, boycotted the convention.

Earlier meetings between Lloyd George and the Ulster Unionists had resulted in a plan to exclude the six north-east counties from Home Rule. Southern Unionists opposed partition.

Negotiations continued until April 1918, but no agreement was reached.

Lloyd George Convention, Easter Rising, Nationalism, Unionism, Home Rule
Photograph of prime minister, David Lloyd George.
Library of Congress