The irish home rule movement was a movement that campaigned for self government or home rule for ireland within the united kingdom of great britain and ireland it was the dominant political movement of irish nationalism from 1870 to the end of world war i. Home rule home rule in british and irish history movement to secure internal autonomy for ireland within the british empire the home government association calling for an irish parliament was formed in 1870 by isaac butt a protestant lawyer who popularized home rule as the movements slogan in 1873. The home rule movement emerged in ireland as a backlash against the the 1801 act of union with britain how was the future envisaged by opponents and supporters of self government within the . Under parnells leadership an irish nationalist party demanding home rule a separate irish parliament within the union and land reform was able to win every parliamentary seat having a catholic majority. Home rule effectively started in ireland in 1870 but in british politics gladstone was converted to it in the 1880s home rule was the name given to the process of allowing ireland more say in how it was governed freeing them from the rule of london and thus appeasing those in ireland who wanted ireland to have more home derived power
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