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The destruction of Ireland.

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Ireland The destruction of Ireland started long before the 1900's. Catholics and Protestants have continuously terrorised each other. Unfortunately Ireland is not equal, the Protestants have the upper hand as shown in an article from The Times. This article shows the hatres between Catholics and Protestants and that children are getting caught up in it all. It explains how Catholic children are being victimized even though there not old enough to really know what it is all about. The article by Oliver Wright explains the terror that the children, some as young as 4 are experiencing. As Loyalists vowed to prevent Catholic children walking to school, Nationalists refuse to take another route and prevent such vicousness. The Catholics are refusing to take another route because they feel that Protestants have power over them so they are trying to make a point. They are saying that they should not be victimized and should be free to take there children to school freely and without any fuss. This cannot be the case though as Catholics are trying to make a point , so are Protestants. They are saying that if Catholics do not like the way they're treated, then leave. This is what is causing all the commotion. ...read more.

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Sinn Fein MP's refused to go to London and set up there own Parliament, the Dail in Dublin. Shortly afterwards the Irish volunteers were renamed the Irish Republican Army (IRA). In 1919 the IRA killed 2 policemen this started a 2 year guerrilla war against British forces in Ireland. In the end neither side got what it wanted and the British government decided to divide Ireland into 2 parts (Partition). After Partition Catholics continued to have substandered accommodation. The only chance Catholics would have of getting ownership on decent living accommodation would be to inherit it. Unemployment was still high and Catholics were much more likely to be out of work than a Protestant. They also felt they were being treated unfairly by the police, especially when a new part time police force known as the 'B' specials was set up. These police were all Protestants and soon gained a reputation for being anti-Catholic. In 1967-68 Catholics started to get a little impatient because Terrance O'Neil promised equality but the reform was taking to long so the Protestants started to try and get rid of him. In 1967 a group of young Catholics got together and set up a Civil Rights Association. ...read more.

Conclusion

She told us how people use to know what religion you were by asking your last name. Morrow happened to be her last name which was Protestant but her first name was Catholic. From the talk with the teacher I learnt a lot about influences I found out that a lot of people just follow the crowd and will pick on people from the opposite religion just because their mates do. In my opinion it seems that adults/parents have the most influences on children because if a Catholic child met a Protestants child i guarentee they wouldn't start calling each other hertful things or start fighting. If the parents are there though it is a different story. My Nan moved to Ireland so when we go to visit her we are amazed at when we went passed a Catholic area the lines on the street would be green, white and orange and would have Tricolour flags up. When we went into a Protestant area it would all change it would be red, white and blue lines on the street and Union Jack flags up. It was obvious which areas were Catholic and which were Protestant. ...read more.

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