'Taking the (Irish) bull by the horns.'

This cartoon shows William Gladstone, the Prime Minister, grappling with long-standing disputes over land between Protestant landowners and Catholic tenant farmers in Ireland. Gladstone was determined to bring peace to Ireland. His Land Act of 1870 was an attempt to remove rural grievances, which caused unrest and were destabilising British rule. The Act was intended to give tenants fair rents and secure tenure.
Catalogue reference: LIBRARY Punch, p.79 (26 February 1870)

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