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Describe the disadvantages faced by Catholics in Northern Ireland in the mid 1960's.

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Ameer Patel - Describe the disadvantages faced by Catholics in Northern Ireland in the mid 1960's Since the partition of Ireland in 1921 Catholics and Protestants living in Ireland were unable to live equally, Ireland was split in two, the North became Northern Ireland and the South the Republic of Ireland, the main difference between the two was; that Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, 66% of the people that lived in Northern Ireland were Protestant, the remaining 33% were Catholic, Catholics wanted to Ireland to be united and independent while the Protestants wanted Ireland to be apart of the UK. This disagreement led Catholics to have many disadvantages when compared to Protestants, they were often discriminated against because of their views on Ireland. Catholics were discriminated against in many forms, and these forms can be put into the categories political, economical and social. ...read more.

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to be employed, "Of 10,000 workers in the Belfast shipyard - the biggest source of in the city, just 400 were catholic" (The Sunday Times 1972) the Prime Minister of NI Lord Brookborough was for this; "I recommend those who are loyalists not to employ Roman Catholics, 99% of whom are disloyal" if a Protestant and a Catholic applied for the same job, no matter how qualified the Catholic was, the Protestant would always get the job. This resulted in unemployed Catholics not being able to feed their own families, and their children were put in the worst schools, while Protestants were put in the very best schools, Catholics that were luck enough to have a job, were often over looked by their employers when it came to promotions and raises, if a Catholic had been working for a company for a long time, and a Protestant had just started in the company, ...read more.

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Another way catholics were discriminated socially by the councils was that the councils would build more houses for protestants in protestant areas, even in catholic majority areas like Fermanagh, Catholics such as Liam O' Connor failed to get into a good Protestant University because he was a catholic, the Unionist government refused to build a University in Derry, Catholic children were not taught anything about Catholicism, they were only taught about Protestant history. This meant Children grew up believing that Catholics were evil and the Protestant religion was the way forward. To conclude, I believe it was very unfair for Catholic to be treated and discriminated against, the effect of this was, that Catholics formed NICRA the Northern Irish Civil Rights Association which imitated the tactics of the American Cicil rights movement. ...read more.

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