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The Irish question13th October 2005 There is an error in your “In fact” column (October). You claim, citing the blog Slugger O’Toole, that “in the 1830s, the population of the island of Ireland was 8m, while the population of England, Wales and Scotland was 10m.” The figure for Ireland is more or less correct (7.8m at the 1831 census), but the correct figure for Britain in 1831 is 16.3m. However, the underlying point is valid, that the relative population of Ireland is much smaller now than it was then—due largely to some unpleasant British policies for which Prospect, had it…

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