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'Even if the Saville Enquiry does find out the truth about what happened on Bloody Sunday, why are Protestants and Catholics so firmly set in their views that there will be people in northern Ireland who will not accept the Enquiries finding'

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Sean Walker History Course work 16/05/04 Question: 'Even if the Saville Enquiry does find out the truth about what happened on Bloody Sunday, why are Protestants and Catholics so firmly set in their views that there will be people in northern Ireland who will not accept the Enquiries finding' Bloody Sunday marked the day of a out lash of great hatred which burns strong even today. Bloody Sunday started when the Catholics started a march for civil rights; better housing and comparative costs for the housing as Protestants had better housing for the same rent as the Catholics did even when they had the worst housing. The march also focused on Interment, and the infringement on their rights because of that; Interment meant that the police could arrest anybody slightly suspected of being part of the IRA and committing terrorist acts or is likely too in the near future. Mainly Catholics were arrested by these means, though 2 Protestants were also arrested under interment. The march was declared illegal, but was carried out regardless of this fact on January 30th 1972. The English government allowed the march to carry on, however they put up 27 barricades to stop them marching into central Derry and into more protestant areas. ...read more.


A lot of Protestants, even if they understood why the Catholics started rebelling, believed that they were using excessive force, still a stage to hatred which can even be linked to the event of Bloody Sunday, where the Soldiers stationed there felt the Irish Catholics were being overly abusive towards them. Protestants appeared to be at the mercy of the Catholics, from cartoons supporting the protestants the Catholics burned down houses, stole money and apparently even tortured family members; depicting a imagery of hatred which goes beyond the reasoning of the Ill-feeling from the plantation of Protestants in Ireland. The rebellion came to a head in Drogheda where a battle was fought, between the Catholic Rebels and Oliver Cromwell, thought to be a extremely puritan Protestant, suffice to say the Catholics lost the battle, and worse still Cromwell made a example of the town and more to the point, the people who rescind in it. "Cromwell ordered the captured officers to be "knocked on the head" and every 10th soldier executed. Nearly 4,000 Confederates died at Drogheda." One story describing how Cromwell ripped a baby from a Catholic mothers arms and nailed the babies head to a Church door; though this could be once again a sign of 'Propaganda' it shows a story of increased brutality between both sides. ...read more.


Even in recent years the IRA have carried on fighting for there cause, using terrorist means to get what they want, a fully independent Ireland, where all parts of Ireland become the 'republic of Ireland' rather than the 'Southern Ireland' and 'northern Ireland' parts. For example, in 1990 The IRA kills three policemen and a nun in a bomb attack near Armagh (24 July), and kills the Conservative MP Ian Gow in Sussex a week later And in even more recent years, in 1998 Violence by Protestants follows the banning of the Orange Order's Drumcree parade; three young brothers are killed in a Loyalist petrol bomb attack in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim (12 July). So in Conclusion; both Catholics and Protestants in large majorities wont accept any new findings the Seville Enquiry can possibly find regarding Bloody Sunday, the attacks from both sides have carried on through out time, regardless of attempts to quell the hatred, both groups believe what they have been brought up to believe, and from what they experienced both in Bloody Sunday and other events, both groups wont accept anything the report says, because the Catholics have reason not to trust the British government due to past events, and the Protestants wont accept any blame laid upon them because they'll treat it as a means to quieten the Catholics, rather than the truth it's self. ...read more.

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