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Modern World Study: Assesment Objective 2 Section A: Study of Newspaper article The article in The Independent, dated Tuesday 4th September 2001, is an intelligent discussion over a situation in the town of Aerodyne, Belfast, and Northern Ireland. In Belfast a group of rioting Loyalists have been fiercely trying to intimidate young Catholic girls from going to their centre of education. The loyalists are protestant members of the community who are loyal to the idea of Northern Ireland remaining a part of Great Britain. The girls attend Holy Cross Catholic Girls Primary School and this was to be their first day of term, but they were forced to be escorted the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). The RUC is the Northern Irish Police that is largely a protestant organisation. This has too contributed much to Northern Ireland's Catholic unrest as the opportunities for employment in this force has been restricted for them and they have been subject to vast quantity of racial discrimination in the work place. The Catholic parents on their way to taking their children to school are reluctant to relinquish the right to walk that route to school as they feel they should be allowed, whereas the Protestants feel this is an act of rebellion or defiance against them. ...read more.


The Protestants of Ireland will remember this intensive suffering and this gives cause for their grievances today as well as other battling events. There are marches praising William's victory too. The orange marches take place every year in honour of the event and this will rekindle the discontent between the two religions further. Over the next 200 or so years, the culture of religious division became stronger and the socialisation of children into their religious community, further entrenched religious stereotypes. During the time of World War I, the Troubles in Ireland came under yet more scrutiny, as Northern Ireland was part of Britain it was expected to provide troops. The government were locked in talks at the time with Ireland regarding the giving back of Ireland to the people so it could again become a Catholic Republic and one country. When asking for these troops however there were little interest besides the Ulstermen whom did not wish to help if the cause unless the government promised not to release Ireland and leave the loyalists out in the cold. They did this and so have been stuck in a position where they could not assist the problems as to betraying one side or another. ...read more.


You would think so. It is the case, with both of the views, that these opinions and accusations are amplified by the way the past is resurrected in Irish history and carried forward as part of life. Catholics still bare the hatred from when their land was stolen from them in the 17th century and Protestants still bear the rage from their homes being torched by many of the IRA bombings. It has become almost a natural hatred and part of their lifestyle and necessity to resent the opposing 'side' in this on-going dispute. I personally feel that nowhere in this entangled web lies a simple solution to the Troubles. While both sides have ample causes to protest, the induced stalemate from the government of Britain due to promises made to both parties, the quick fix seems a distant dream. I have considered what I consider to be the key events in Irish history although there are many more points that could be considered. From these events I can see no clear solution to this issue. Perhaps the only way to advance would be to try to live with each other and let the past stay in the past. This would mean abandoning the trend of present day and not blaming each other but perhaps the only way to proceed would be accepting this as a united Northern Ireland, not as a region in divide. ...read more.

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