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The search for peace in Northern Ireland is proving to be difficult.What are the main issues that divide this community?

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The search for peace in Northern Ireland is proving to be difficult. What are the main issues that divide this community? Introduction In this coursework I am going to discuss the violent conflict between the people of the Province. The violence has been extremely intense. I am going to look at the ways the different parts of Ireland are governed. I am also going to give some of my point of view towards this division and how it can be solved. It is important to discuss the main issues that divide the two powerful sides which are the Nationalists and the Unionist. Who are the Nationalists? What do they stand for? The Nationalist community wants Northern Ireland to join the southern part and become a part of the Republican Ireland and they are mostly members of the Catholic community. From the 1970s onwards, groups of Irish people began a struggle to free Ireland from British rule. The Nationalists are divided into Revolutionary Nationalists and the Parliamentary Nationalists whom disagree about the ways to achieve their aims. The Nationalists who are prepared to use violence are known as Revolutionary Nationalist. They were developed at the end of the 18th century. ...read more.


In the 1960s many Catholics civil rights marches were attacked by the Protestants. A more sympathetic attitude to Nationalists in the North and South were taken by the Unionists. New party called Democratic Unionist Party was setup by Ian Paisley in 1970, others parties like UVF and the UDA were formed to carry on the tradition of Carson's original Ulster Volunteer Force. Ian Paisley's DUP was seemed to be the single largest party representing the Unionist people in the 1979s, but however, the Anglo - Irish Agreement of 1985 played a large part in the development of the Ulster Unionist Party and their challenge of the DUP. As a result of peaceful talk between Paisley the leader of the DUP and the Trimble who become the new leader of UUP, the gulf between the two parties increased and the UUP supported the Good Friday agreement of 1998. Trimble became the 1st Minister of the assembly. Paisley's party denounced the settlement, and called Trimble a 'traitor'. The Protestant people of Northern Ireland say that they are loyal to the British monarchy; many of them see themselves as being 'British'. Apart from political differences, what other social, economic and religious factors have contributed to the tensions between the two communities in Northern Ireland? ...read more.


I appeal to Loyalists to employ Protestant lads and lassies wherever possible." Today male Catholics unemployed twice as high as male Protestants unemployment. Catholics are still over-represented in some unskilled jobs and still under-represented in some managerial posts. Since 1920 Ireland was divided into two parts, the south, and controlled by Catholic, and the North, which has a majority of Protestants. Today, the religion is one of the biggest factors which separate the two communities. Religion is one of several reasons why the two groups see themselves as being different from each other and are suspicious of each other. King Henry broke with Rome in 1530s when the Pope had refused to grant him a divorce from his first wife, hence he declared him self to be 'Supreme Head' on Earth of the whole Church of Ireland. He also took charge of the Church in England and Ireland. Since then, more Protestant ideas were introduced and the Catholic service of the Mass was banned in Ireland. Most people and especially the powerful Catholics for example the Pope the King of Spain refused to accept the Protestant ideas and the new prayers which were in English, they decided that Elizabeth should be overthrown and replaced with a Catholic monarch. ?? ?? ?? ?? Khalid Stanakzai History ...read more.

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