This show in the Great Famine podcast series takes you through the winter of 1845 through to April 1846 as the situation in Ireland deteriorates. Despite the fact Ireland faces starvation the British government and Irish merchants are intent that food will continue to be exported. Food riots and protests become common, while the crisis facing Ireland is consumed in bitter political disputes around ‘Free Trade’ in London.
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