• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Conflict in Ireland - Impact of the easter rising.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

CONFLICT IN IRELAND QUESTION 1: WHAT IMPACT DID EACH OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAVE ON THE HISTORY OF THE CONFLICT IN IRELAND? THE EASTER RISING In 1916 a Fenian group known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood Revolutionary knew the war for Britain was going badly, so they thought now was a good opportunity to strike for independence, and lead an armed uprising against the British troops. The rising started on Easter Monday, the rebels seized control over the general post office in the centre of Dublin and announced that Ireland was an independent republic. But they got very little support from the public who were Catholics; they were appalled by the damage and atrocities. On person who was present at the time recalled, "If Ireland as a whole could of got hold of Tom Clarke and his Fenians during that week it would have torn them to pieces." The rebels were soon outnumbered and sent to prison. They executed 15 of the rebel leaders. The Catholics were horrified and angered by this and turned those people into martyrs. This led to more people joining Sinn Fein and helping them; and favoured complete independence. ...read more.

Middle

The troops claimed that they were fired at first by terrorists, although people knew that the troops had open fire without thinking first and then panicked. The event became a festering wound and for the Catholics and became known as "Bloody Sunday." What happened that day is still being investigated and looked into today. There was bewilderment and people were furious. The situation became worse after the atrocity. One IRA man quoted, "Our military orders after Bloody Sunday were to kill every British soldier we could." This was the amount of tension that was present. The Stormont government were unable to calm the situation, so the British government only had one option and that was to close Stormont rule in Northern Ireland and rule it directly from Britain. This then led to the British government in 1974 to try a political solution to the problems. A power sharing government was set up. This gave both Catholics and Protestants a say in running the government and for the first time Catholics were included too. But the Protestants opposed this and a general strike was called, after two weeks power sharing was abolished. ...read more.

Conclusion

However not everyone agreed with this, the protestants were against an agreement that was designed to get rid of the IRA because it could lead to a United Ireland. A 'day of action' took place against the agreement by the Protestants, however this had no affect. It led to an increase in Protestant paramilitary groups and heightened tension between Catholics and Protestants. But it did lead to a better border security and more success against the IRA, particularly weapons being found. It resulted in a decrease of support for Sinn Fein and gave a Catholic moderate, peaceful party the SDLP power. One of the recent reforms was the Good Friday agreement in 1997. The main aims were: * To inform people of any changes. * Changes can only happen with consent of majority of people. * The right of people to hold British and Irish citizenship. * New bodies are to be set, selected by the community. * A new agreement will establish a new British Irish conference. A referendum was held to decide on the agreement. It was held in the republic and the result was overwhelming 94% were in favour of it. In Northern Ireland over 71% of voters approved the agreement. The decommissioning of weapons is to be overseen by an International Commission On Arms. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 essays

  1. What were the causes of the Easter Rising?

    In source d the newspaper-cutting casement is sent to be a "Notorious Traitor" This is biased as it is a British paper but in reality this seems true. In source e they use a song poem to portray casement. They portray him to look good but it is not a

  2. The train pulled into the station slowly.

    She believed in the warmth and friendship being communicated through their eyes, and she felt connected to her new friend in an inexplicable way. They called out to each other, and this silent cry for respect and appreciation was more powerful than any possible words they could have expressed.

  1. Free essay

    Which Of The Following Events Has Had The Biggest Impact On The History Of ...

    in 1921. Meaning Belfast, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Armagh, Down, Antrim and Londonderry became officially known as Northern Ireland. However all of these counties had a significant percentage of Catholics living there, and officially making Northern Ireland part of England led to more violence within the counties.

  2. The History of Conflict in Ireland.

    Added to that was a student movement, [that] had the time and the capability of organizing demonstrations every single day of the week. Now, the impact of the student demonstrations was that it was highly embarrassing to the Unionist government, because the students used to follow the Prime Minister around

  1. With what success has the Britain government tried to deal with the Irish Troubles ...

    It was agreed that most of the paramilitary prisoners would be freed earlier than expected, also they came to the agreement that a new non-biased policed force needed to be put in place. All Marches were called off and money and jobs should be brought to all areas across Northern Ireland.

  2. The Conflict In Ireland

    The conflict had not yet been completely resolved, there were still issues. As the Unionist thought that maybe the plan for North-South Council of ministers could lead to a united Ireland. Unionists also wanted the IRA to decommission their weapons.

  1. Northern Ireland Conflict-Religion vs. PoliticsThe conflict in Northern Ireland is likely one of the ...

    Yet when examined more closely, there is merit in the argument that there are dogmatic differences in the two religions which keep the conflict at a stalemate. While both Protestantism and Catholicism are forms of Christianity, the beliefs surrounding how society should be structured can lead to political conflict.

  2. The Easter Rising of 1916 had profound and far-reaching effects on Ireland's subsequent history

    By taking over the control of the centre would mean that they would have places to work from. Pearse had ordered mobilization of the Irish Volunteers on 8th April to prepare for an Uprising on Easter Sunday. MacNeill, the Chief of Staff of the Volunteers, first heard about the planned rebellion on the Wednesday of Holy Week.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work