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The National League of the North (NLN) was an
Irish nationalist organisation active in Northern
The group was founded in May 1928 on the basis of a radical
programme for the "National Unification of Ireland". It was in part
an attempt to bring together the supporters of Joe
Devlin and Cahir
Healy, who were the leading figures in the Nationalist
At the Northern Ireland
general election, 1933, in addition to supporting most
Nationalist Party candidates, the group stood Gerry Lennon in South
Armagh. He was unsuccessful, but did beat the official
Nationalist. The League had become inactive by the mid-1930s.
In 1936, Paddy
Maxwell founded the Irish Union Association
(IUA), aiming to revive the NLN platform. Although it gained the
support of most Nationalist Party Members of
Parliament, T. J. Campbell and Richard Byrne did not join.
The group failed to make an impact, and by early 1937, Healy was
suggesting that the group should be allowed to fade away. In
October, Maxwell proposed reinvigorating the League by holding an
Fheis, but Healy opposed this, and the group was instead
allowed to become moribund.
In 1938, the IUA was superseded when Éamon de
Valera founded an Anti-Partition League. The
group organised a speaker tour of Britain with speakers from Fianna Fáil and
the Nationalist Party, including Healy and Anthony Mulvey.
However, the Irish
Republican Army started their Sabotage Campaign, which hardened British
attitudes against the cause of Irish unification, and the project
was dropped with the start of World War II.
After the disbanding of the IUA, there was no rank-and-file
nationalist group in Northern Ireland until the launch of the Irish Anti-Partition League
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Brendan Lynn, Holding the Ground: The Nationalist Party in
Northern Ireland, 1945 - 72 (1997), ISBN 1855219808