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The Easter rising 1916, The deployment of British troops in Northern Ireland 1969, "Bloody Sunday" 30 January 1972. Which of these events has had the biggest impact on the history of the conflict in Ireland?

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The following events have all helped shape the course of Irish history in the 20th century. The Easter rising 1916, The deployment of British troops in Northern Ireland 1969, "Bloody Sunday" 30 January 1972. Which of these events has had the biggest impact on the history of the conflict in Ireland? The Easter Rising, Bloody Sunday and the deployment of British troops in Northern Ireland all had big impacts on the history of the conflict in Northern Ireland. Which one, however, had the biggest impact on the conflict? The Easter Rising took place in 1916 in Ireland. Padraig Pearse was a key individual in the Easter rising and was a politician. He wanted independence from Britain. Straight after the Easter rising, the Irish were happy with the British and they were supporting them. Later on, however, the opinion of the Irish changed to become very anti-British. This is because of the execution of socialist leader James Connelly. The Irish then came to hate the British, especially Catholics and Nationalists. This was a long term consequence. The Irish were very angry at the execution of James Connelly and rebelled at the British. Because of this, another long term consequence was created. The British then had less trust in the Irish. Because of the lack of trust between the Irish and the British, the Irish possibly had less chance of persuading the British to release Ireland and allow Nationalists to work with the British. ...read more.


The Catholics reacted very badly to this and thought that it was far too over the top and rebelled. Due to this, a curfew was put upon the Catholics so that they had to be in their houses by a certain time at night. They couldn't get jobs and were treated unfairly. Tear gas was used on the Catholics too. All of that led to internment. Internment was a bad idea because it meant that anyone the security forces suspected of terrorism could be arrested and held in prison without being charged or put on trial. This meant that innocent people were often arrested for something that they didn't do. Internment eventually failed. This is because the RUC's intelligence was badly out of date. People who were targeted were often no longer active. Internment was only used against Nationalists. Every suspect rounded up was a Nationalist, and no loyalists were arrested. This was extremely biased. Internment increased support for the IRA in the USA. The decisions of internment caused and outrage in the USA. The IRA then got funded to get weapons from the USA. Internment was very much linked to violence, because those that were interned were tortured and interrogated by violence. The British troops went from being a hero and very popular to being seen as the villain. ...read more.


It was later discovered that lead could have been transferred from the soldiers who carried the bodies. Also in 1972, direct rule was bought in. Direct rule meant that Northern Ireland was run by a British government minister, which was the Northern Ireland secretary. The British government brought in direct rule because it was a temporary measure to decrease violence in Northern Ireland. This was a political consequence. Summing all of the evidence up, all three of the events have had important consequences and taken a great part in history. The Easter rising had a big impact on the conflict in Northern Ireland as it had many long term consequences which affected Ireland for a long time after it had take place. It lead to the creation of martyrs who caused a lot of violence then and still are right now. The deployment of British troops in Belfast also had some very important consequences. They started off being sent in to help the Catholics and protect them, but they soon began treating the Catholics in a different way. They wrecked catholic homes and destroyed lives. They soon became seen as the villains in all of this. In my opinion, Bloody Sunday had the most important consequences. It caused a lot of violence, deaths and injuries. More so than the Easter rising and the British troops in Belfast. It played a strong role in the history of the conflict in Ireland. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amy Strudwick 11RM ...read more.

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