The suffrage campaign in Ireland was complicated by the national question, which dominated Irish politics in the early 20th century. The election of December 1910 left the Liberal Party, led by HH Asquith, dependent on the support of the Irish Parliamentary Party to form a government. The leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, John Redmond, was now in a position to negotiate Home Rule for Ireland.

A Bill for the 'better Government of Ireland' has passed its second reading in the British House of Commons. Amongst the amendments to be decided in its Committee stage is one to confer the vote on qualified women. It will be the business of The Irish Citizen in its first numbers to focus its attention chiefly on the attainment of this devoutly to be wished consummation.
The Irish Citizen, 28 May 1912
Women’s Suffrage will, I believe, be the ruin of our Western civilisation. It will destroy the home, challenging the headship of man, laid down by God. It may come in your time – I hope not in mine!
John Dillon MP, deputy leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party
I feel it my duty to say for all Irish Nationalists, men and women, Home Rule comes first and everything else second.
Tom Kettle MP
Breaking point has now been reached in Ireland; constitutionalism has failed to evoke response.
Hanna Sheehy Skeffington
You have Sir Edward Carson, a chartered libertine, going to and fro in England and in Ireland, making these speeches; whereas you have me, a woman arrested and charged and sentenced to a long term of penal servitude for doing precisely what he has done.
Emmeline Pankhurst
I would ask every Nationalist woman to pause before she joined a Suffrage Society or Franchise League that did not include in their Programme the Freedom of their Nation.
Countess de Markievicz
Until the women of Ireland are free, the men will not achieve emancipation.