Posted by: irishhungercomm | March 19, 2011

Genocide and the Great Irish Famine

Genocide and the Great Irish Famine

FRANCIS BOYLE,     Professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Boyle is author of “United Ireland, Human Rights and
International Law.”

He said today:

“Some controversy has surrounded the use of the word
‘genocide’ with regard to the Great Irish Famine. But this controversy
has its source in an apparent misunderstanding of the meaning of
genocide. No, the British government did not inflict on the Irish the
abject horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. But the definition of ‘genocide’
reaches beyond such ghastly behavior to encompass other reprehensible
acts designed to destroy a people.” Boyle wrote “The Irish Famine was

Background: “The Famine Year” by Speranza, the mother of Oscar Wilde


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