HC Deb 08 March 1900 vol 80 cc402-3
MR. JOHN REDMOND (Waterford, City)

Mr. Speaker, I have to ask the indulgence of the House for a moment in order to enable me to say that the Irish people will receive with gratification the announcement that Her Majesty has directed that for the future the shamrock shall be worn by all Irish regiments on Ireland's national festival. The Irish people will welcome this graceful recognition of the valour of their race—whatever the field upon which that valour has latest been exhibited—and our people will, moreover, treat with respect the visit which the venerable Sovereign proposes to make to their shores, well knowing that on this occasion no attempt will be made to give that visit a party significance, and that their chivalrous hospitality will be taken in no quarter to mean any abatement of their demand for their national lights, which they will continue to press until they are conceded.