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Do you agree that the Partition of Ireland in 1921 has been the most important event in shaping the present situation in Northern Ireland?

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Do you agree that the Partition of Ireland in 1921 has been the most important event in shaping the present situation in Northern Ireland? In this essay I am going to describe the problems which occurred after Ireland was partitioned in 1921 to try and stop the violent conflict which was constantly occurring before 1921 between Protestants (Unionists) and Catholics (Nationalists). This was done by the government of the U.K and the government of the Republic of Ireland (Eire) being able to satisfying both Unionist's and Nationalist's terms and conditions, but the partition of Ireland did not create a problem free and tranquil Northern Ireland (Ulster) like it was supposed to. To answer the question, I will firstly explain why I might agree that partition was the most important event in shaping the present situation in Northern Ireland. After doing so I will then explain why I don't think that partition was the most important event. By doing this I will be able to see both viewpoints; for and against which will enable me to decide if or not I think that partition was the most important event in shaping the present situation in Northern Ireland. ...read more.

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broke out. World War II brought prosperity to Northern Ireland by reducing unemployment in Northern Ireland. Even after World War II had finished the prosperity continued to grow in Northern Ireland with education reforms, better healthcare, new houses being built to provide housing to the homeless and a chance for the Unionists and Nationalists to settle their differences. Sadly the prosperity was short lived when trouble started to brew up due to ever present problem of rivalry and prejudice between the Protestants and Catholics. I might disagree that the partition of Ireland in 1921 has been the most important event in shaping the present situation in Northern Ireland because there have been more recent, bigger and more important events which have helped in shaping the present situation in Northern Ireland which comes in the shape of Bloody Sunday, including all of the political agreements that came about as a result of Bloody Sunday. The trouble which led up to Bloody Sunday started in 1969 when the IRA started to reform in Northern Ireland because the British were sending over soldiers to Ireland which ended by them killing two Protestant civilians in October of 1969 by accident as a result of them being too heavy handed. ...read more.

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Bloody Sunday left a Bitter legacy in the city of Londonderry which increased the hatred between the Protestants and Catholics. I don't agree with the fact that the partition of Ireland in 1921 has been the most important event in shaping the present situation in Northern Ireland. I think that Bloody Sunday, including the political agreements surrounding it was the most important event in shaping the present situation in Northern Ireland because the three Political agreements introduced as a result of and along with Bloody Sunday have now made Northern Ireland into a tranquil place to live like it was supposed to be when partition was introduced in 1921. The three Political agreements that were introduced as a result of Bloody Sunday; in chronological order were: Direct Rule which was introduced to Ireland in 1973 as a temporary measure to restore peace to Northern Ireland, The Anglo-Irish Agreement which was introduced to Ireland in 1985 and the current political agreement in Ireland is the Good Friday Agreement which was introduced to Ireland in 1998. Although I feel that Bloody Sunday was the most important event in shaping the present situation in Northern Ireland; it came about because everything that happened after the partition of Ireland in 1921 is linked to it in some shape or form. ...read more.

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