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Modern World Study: Conflict in Ireland 1. The following events have all helped to shape the course of Irish history in the Twentieth Century. (a) The Easter Rising, 1916 (b) The deployment of British troops in Northern Ireland, 1969 (c) "Bloody Sunday", 30th January 1972 Which of these events has had the biggest impact on the history of the conflict in Ireland? These three events which have happened in Northern Ireland during the Twentieth Century and have all helped to shape the course of Irish history. They have also all had an impact on the conflict of Ireland in different ways and have all been of importance to Northern Ireland. The first major event to happen in Ireland during the Twentieth Century was The Easter Rising in 1916. The Easter Rising was an event where about 1200 Irish Republican Brotherhood volunteers and James Connolly's (important socialist leader) Citizen Army occupied parts of central Dublin on Easter Monday, 1916. The members of the IRB were worried about the freedom of Ireland being forgotten as the First World War was happening at the time and it was the main priority for Great Britain at the time. They tried to cause a strike against the British Empire and prove a point for Irish freedom and for the set up of an Irish republic. ...read more.


I personally cannot see any short-term consequences of "Bloody Sunday" as all of the consequences have had long-term effects on Northern Ireland and its people. The main long-term effect is the conflict surrounding the events of that day in 1972 is still happening. Even though there is less violence at present, many of the issues behind the cause of the conflict remain. The fact that the British troops had their version of events believed by the report produced by Lord Widgery sparked off more controversy and the IRA seeked revenge. The IRA even managed to gain support for their violence towards Britain from countries such as the USA, who even sent funding for weapons. Another long-term consequence is the IRA are still in conflict with Britain due to this. They still continue to plant bombs in Britain as revenge and their way of making people notice that they still want justice for what happened to their own people. The deaths of the people killed in " Bloody-Sunday" is a long-lasting consequence as their families are still devastated by their loss and they are still looking for justice and an answer to what happened. I think that the event which has had the biggest impact on the history of Ireland is "Bloody Sunday", which took place in 1972. ...read more.


The third attempt was The Downing Street Declaration in 1993 and it was an agreement between the Prime Minister, John Major and the Taoseach, Albert Reynolds. They decided that they would respect the Northern Ireland traditions and only parties which rejected violence would be allowed any say in the talks. The British Government said it was only concerned with the welfare of the Irish people and that economics and politics were not important to them. The Alliance Party and the Social and Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) supported the Declaration and the Ulster Unionists accepted it with great caution. People from different Parties began to talk and listen to each other, instead of dismissing ideas and The Downing Street Declaration became a promising attempt. There are many long-term consequences of the Declaration and the main one is that people from different parties began to listen to each other instead of trying to solve their differences with violence. The Declaration was the start of a mission to put an end to violence in Northern Ireland and it was only attempt since 1972 to have such a positive attitude and outlook. It gave great hope to the people of Northern Ireland and for that reason I feel that this attempt has been the most successful. It was the first time in a long while that the end of violence was in sight and it paved the way for better negotiations in the future. 5/24/2005 Keri Roberts ...read more.

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