Gladstone's First Ministry {IRELAND}

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The Irish Church Act (1869)

  • Disestablished the Anglican Church in Ireland
  • No longer an obligation on the Irish Catholics to pay the tax to it
  • Became a voluntary organisation
  • Financial protection for its existing clergymen and officials
  • One-quater of its property and wealth was removed
  • Revenues redirected to help the poor by improving schools, hospitals and workhouses
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Irish Land Act (1870)

  • Introduced the principle of fair rent
  • Provided compensation for tenants at the end of their lease if they had made improvements to their holding
  • Secured fixity of tenure as long as tenants paid their rent
  • Made provision for tenants to sell their leases
  • Arranged for loans to be made avaliable for tnants who purchase land
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