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

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Describe the disadvantages faced by the Catholics in Northern Ireland in the mid- 1960s. In the early 20th century, the government of Ireland created Northern Ireland. This divided the six northeastern counties - Tyrone, Derry, Armagh, Down, Antrim and Fermanagh- of Ireland from the other 26 counties. The majority of these counties consisted of Unionists: the Protestants. The reason for this was that the Unionists didn't want to live in an Ireland ruled by Nationalist. However this was a big problem for some of the nationalist/ Catholics, who were already residents of the now Unionist part of Ireland. This affected the Catholics socially, politically and economically. It was clear to the Catholics that the Protestants were extremely prejudice. The Protestants and occasionally a few Catholics filled the majority of the posts that were occupied in County Councils. ...read more.


There were hardly any body representing the Catholics, so when new bills were being made the council barely had the interests of the Catholics in mind. They were not being heard. Second problem was an economical problem. Most new industries and investments that were brought to Northern Ireland to boost the economy, finished up in the hands of unionists. Many factories and shipyards mainly employed the Protestants and hardly any Catholics. Even when the Catholics did have a job, it was very rare for the Catholics to be promoted in their jobs. Unemployment rate increased a lot in the 1960s and the figures for the Catholics were slightly higher than Protestants. Unemployment meant that the government had to set up 'The Housing Act' to help people who were homeless. ...read more.


Austin Currie was frustrated with the council's decision of not putting a catholic family with children in the house. This was one of the first steps for the Catholics in the fight for civil rights. Protestants were not the only group acting against the Catholics. The British government sent in British troops to ease the rift between the Catholics and the Protestants in Northern Ireland. At first the Catholics were pleased with the troops being sent in but soon their view and the troops attitude changed. At the beginning, the army were unbiased and fair towards the Catholics, however soon after they started setting the catholic people curfews and banned any one from socialising after certain times. In conclusion, the Catholics in northern Ireland ended up with no civil rights and were treated unfairly by the unionist/ protestants. Saori Yoshimoto ?????? ???? Noriko Sakai socially, economically &politically ...read more.

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