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I will explain how Carson, Craig and the Ulster Unionists were opposed to the Home Rule bill, and how they felt they were justified in using armed force if necessary, to get what they believe was their right to a British government for Ireland.

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  • Submitted: 01/10/2003
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GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85

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Why did Carson, Craig and their 'Loyalist Unionist supporters'

Feel justified in using violence and the threat of violence against

'Their Kings government' between 1912 and 1914 in order to prevent

Home Rule for Ireland?

Throughout this essay I will explain how Carson, Craig and the Ulster Unionists were opposed to the Home Rule bill, and how they felt they were justified in using armed force if necessary, to get what they believe was their right to a British government for Ireland. I will also detail some background on each Carson and Craig.

Edward Carson was described as the founding father of Northern Ireland, he was a protestant Dubliner and became the acknowledged leader of the Ulster Unionists due to his efforts to keep the six northern counties under British rule. Carson dedicated his political life to opposing the Irish Home Rule and was prepared to use immeasurable force, if necessary, to prevent the Home Rule bill being passed.

James Craig was born in Belfast and had a very strict Presbyterian upbringing, which led him to totally distrust any Northern Irish Catholics. Like Carson he also dedicated his life to upholding

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