Lead: As it had leaders before and after him, the stubborn question of Ireland consumed William Pitt the Younger.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: During the last half of the 1700s, the name William Pitt dominated British politics. William Pitt the Elder helped save the country from defeat by France in the Seven Years War and his son of the same name brought together international coalitions to oppose the aggression of the French Revolution. But despite this record the thorny question of Ireland brought the younger Pitt's ministry to grief and his service to an end.