To write that 'the Great Hunger was one of England's episodes of ethnic cleansing in Ireland' is rubbish. Serious mistakes were made in trying to relieve the population of its misery. People were employed on building roads and other public works instead of draining the bogs and creating more arable land, but to think that the British government simply did nothing is wrong.
In real terms what today would be millions of pounds was raised by public subscription in England to provide relief for the people of Ireland. The Quakers were particularly active. One of the results of the famine was the repeal of the Corn Laws which brought cheap imports of foreign wheat into the British Isles, to the detriment of our farmers, forcing people off the land and into the factories. Ireland gained little benefit from the Industrial Revolution and her population had to emigrate to find work.
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