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Study source J; do you agree with this portrayal of the reasons why troubles continued into 1990s? Explain your answer using the sources and your own knowledge.

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Question Five Study source J; do you agree with this portrayal of the reasons why troubles continued into 1990s? Explain your answer using the sources and your own knowledge. In Northern Ireland trouble continued well into the 1990s there were multiple factors, which all contribute to this prolonged trouble. Source J depicts this with great clarity. It presents this via imagery. It illustrates a politician being followed by an ordinary person; this represents a political factor. An innocent women being terrorized; this represents the social factor, it has a priest or vicar, representing a religious factor. Finally there is reference to two dates, 1690 and 1916 on the wall; this is representative of the historical factor. It show these people cycling a wall with no end showing this is symbolic, meaning; that if these factors continue so will the troubles. I aim to elaborate on these factors and therefore explain why they caused trouble and why it is prolonged. The political factor played an important part in the sustained controversy due to the fact Catholics were unable to obtain political equality since the Protestant politicians (supported by ordinary Protestants) ...read more.


to initiate a campaign of violent paramilitary and terrorist activities. This then angered unionist who subsequently formed their own paramilitary groups such as the UVF and the UFF who counter-attacked this movement. This then resulted in "tit-for-tat" killings between the groups, by the 1990s loyalist had killing an increasing amount of Catholics; one of the ways in which they did this was to call a taxi of a catholic firm and kill the driver. This ongoing fight reached a devastating climax between 1992 - 1993; the IRA killed eight Protestants building workers in January 1992 and by February the Ulster Freedom Fighters retaliated by killing five Catholics in a betting shop. Also in November, the IRA destroyed a shopping centre in a protestant area the consequents was that a further three Catholic were killed in a betting shop by the UFF. This show why trouble continued due to politics; because this sparked a battle between the to sides which couldn't be one, because in my opinion the side were fueled by revenge or one-upmanship. And this spiraled out of control in the mid 1990s and then stopped thus giving us the picture that the trouble eased in conjunction to the politically fueled battle. ...read more.


This attitude is obvious in the activities of the orange order, 100,000 Protestants are members of this order and most unionist politicians over the last 100 years have been orange men. Their hero was William of Orange; they were of the belief that his victory in the battle of Boyne stopped protestant from destruction at the hands of Catholics. The date 1916 refers to the Easter Rising; this was a rebellion lead by Patrick Pearse who was influenced by the Irish Ireland movement. The rising commenced on Easter Monday 1916, when the rebels seized the centre of Dublin. Pearse declared that the rebels were 'the provisional government of the Irish Republic'. But in the end British force out numbered the rebels and after six days of fighting Pearse surrendered, fifteen of the rebel's leaders were executed. This complete abhorrence for each other is conveyed by these traditional songs firstly the nationalist sing 'Oh St Patrick's Day will be jolly and gay, and we will kick all the protestants out of the way, if that won't do, we'll cut them in two, and send them to hell with their, Red white and blue.' And the unionist song is , if guns were made for shooting, then skull are made to crack, you've never seen a better taig (catholic) than with a bullet in his back... ...read more.

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