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Northern Ireland Coursework. Question 2.

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Two advents in the last 100 years that are particularly important in shaping the views of today's... Partition Partition did not create a tranquil and problem-free Northern Ireland. For some people life continued as normal, yet for others there were still problems. Some of which caused serious tension mainly during the 1920's and 1930's here are some reasons of why and how tension occurred. In the early 1920's the IRA produced a violent campaign against the new state of Ireland. The unionist government suspected that the government in Dublin was supporting the IRA. The IRA violence also made the government suspicious of its own Nationalist population, so it set up its own special security force [the B specials] to help deal with the IRA violence. Also segregation was a fact of life. Nationalists and Unionists went to separate churches and separate pubs etc. Even the workplaces were often more Protestant or more Catholic. Education kept the country divided as well. In 1926, the senior Unionist minister Lord Londonderry tried to get Protestant and Catholic children educated together. ...read more.


They then walked out again in 1932, when the Unionists scrapped PR. The constitution specified that all elections would be by proportional representation [PR]. The purpose of this was to give the minority of group's fair representation in Northern Ireland. In 1922, the Unionists abolished it for local elections. The British government made no protest against this action, even though it broke the terms of the Government of Ireland Act. Nationalist MPs withdrew from the political process in protest at the decision to scrap PR. This made the problem worse, since they were not consulted when the boundaries of wards [areas which elected councilors] were redrawn. The result was 'gerrymandering' fixing the boundaries so that the Unionists gained the results they wanted. In 1929, the Unionist government also abolished PR in general elections. Once again, the Nationalists walked out in Protest. The British government also took no action. Discrimination against Catholics became a feature of the Northern Ireland state. For example, Catholics very rarely got jobs in the civil services. ...read more.


Dublin investigated a new event and that was fuel. With fuel shortages the Nationalists were outraged, the IRA reacted with violence, and then a whole load of people started to get involved, which is another theory which is though to have started Bloody Sunday. Medical records have been held in Britain even until today! The rules are that the medical records will not be released until the year 2048. Some Irish and British became suspicious and mentioned that its so that the people that were there during Bloody Sunday, the people that witnessed the attacks and the people that is waiting to see if their love ones were ever found will probably be dead by that date. Is this unfair? Of course, all they are doing is proving that they are suspicious. With all these events that have happened in the past to do with the disastrous Bloody Sunday it lead to a huge distrust of the British. ?? ?? ?? ?? Question 2.Northern Ireland coursework. ...read more.

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