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Do sources H and I support Reverend Ian Paisleys view of the Civil Rights Movement given in Source G? In a television interview Ian Paisley states his views plainly.

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Introduction

Q4. Do sources H and I support Reverend Ian Paisley's view of the Civil Rights Movement given in Source G? In a television interview Ian Paisley states his views plainly. He says that the Irish Republican Army (IRA) are behind the Civil Rights movement. However he qualifies this statement by adding 'or at that time those who were dedicated to the views and objectives of that army'. This seems to be a catch all statement. Ian Paisley is trying to link together the IRA and everyone else in the Civil Rights movement. ...read more.

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This corresponds with Ian Paisley's view to an extent. But the report also states that other political groups were involved in the movement. Surly not all of these political groups were 'dedicated to the views and objectives' of the IRA. Further in the report it concludes that the 'IRA has taken a close interest in the Civil Rights Movement from the beginning'. This strongly agrees with Ian Paisleys assertion on the IRA's involvement with the movement. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although Michael Farrell does not say that the Republicans were extreme or supported all of the views and objectives of the IRA. Ian Paisley's views are partially confirmed in both sources but clearly do not support his argument fully. In my opinion Source I backs up Ian Paisley's view more convincingly as this Government report confirms that people of 'extreme Republican views' were members. Whereas source H, although stating that Republicans were involved, does not confirm that they held extreme views. I can only conclude that sources H and I partly support Ian Paisleys views but more detailed evidence is needed to confirm more fully. ...read more.

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