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Partition. The Unionists believed that Partition was better than a united Ireland, as they were still separate from the U.K, and there was the feeling of betrayal from the Catholics

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Partition In 1916, a group of nationalists sized and took over a number of buildings in Dublin, mainly the Post Office. This was called the Easter Rising. They then declared a republic. This led to extremely violent behaviour from both sides, but with a minimum of support in Dublin, the nationalists were overruled by the British Army. The British Government then executed 16 leaders and this influenced the views of many to the republicans, which are a group prepared to use means of violence to achieve independence. In 1918, Sinn Fein won a huge amount of seats in the General Election. Being a nationalist party the MP's refused to go to Westminster and so set up a separate Parliament in Dublin. ...read more.


The other six counties were named Northern Ireland and although it was still part of the United Kingdom, it was given its own Parliament in Stormont. Between the 1920's and 1960's, the nationalists were treated very unfairly in every aspect of life. Local councils were big employers, and they employed Protestants as far as possible. Also, Protestants owned the vast majority of businesses, and they also only employed protestant workers. As late as 1969 22% of Protestants were unemployed compared to 41% of unemployed Catholics. Nationalists were also persecuted when applying for new houses. The council gave priority to Protestant families and new houses were more often than not built in Protestant areas. ...read more.


Gerrymandering was also stopped and laws against discrimination were brought in. Equality throughout Ireland was paramount. Partition brought about a great many opinions from both sides. The Unionists believed that Partition was better than a united Ireland, as they were still separate from the U.K, and there was the feeling of betrayal from the Catholics. They believed they could not be trusted and they needed to keep a close check in the police force for Catholics, and they still continued to give there own community priority over Catholics, doing so more discreetly. The nationalists said that they would have nothing to do with Northern Ireland or the Government in Stormont. They were still very bitter towards the Protestants for being treated unfairly and detached themselves from anything to do with them. They believed there was nothing for them in a divided Ireland. By Jemma Fairburn 11GA ...read more.

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