Those politically programmed for action, built around the proposition that national consciousness finds its only proper expression in the achievement of a nation-state. Also, members of the Nationalist party (1882-1922), the generic term for the Irish parliamentary party and its successive constituency groups.
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Connolly, S.J. (Ed.) The Oxford Companion to Irish History Oxford , O.U.P., 2nd Edition, 2002