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What can you learn from Source A about t he disadvantages faced by the Catholics in Northern Ireland in the 1960's?

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Q1. Study Source A. What can you learn from Source A about t he disadvantages faced by the Catholics in Northern Ireland in the 1960's? The disadvantages you can learn by source A that the Catholics had to face are mostly to do with the working environment. All of the big companies that employed hundreds of employees, however these companies took favouritism in Protestants and the Catholics new this! For example in a Belfast shipyard, which was the biggest source of employment in the city, it contained 10,000 employees and only 400 were catholic! This proves the disadvantages that the Catholics had to face; they had fewer job opportunities, which is against their human rights. Another example to show that the Catholics are being treated badly would be employees at Fermanagh County Council altogether totalled 370 people and out f this 370 employees Protestants filled the top jobs and 322 other jobs. Another job that was very sought after was a bus driver because of the hours you had to work and all of the holiday you get but this only gave advantage to seven Catholics out of the whole 75 bus drivers! ...read more.

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In the photograph are a man and a very small, underfed child standing behind him look very scared and timid. The man looks depressed and fed up. They are both standing amongst a muddy floor and an old dirty bucket and an old rusty bath full of dirty washing, this picture proves how underprivileged the catholic families were at this time, which was very much different to how the protestant families lived like. Source E shows the results of the elections in Londonderry in 1966. The results prove that just under two-thirds of the people voting were nationalists, although, overall there are still more unionist councillors. Gerrymandering occurred very frequently at this time and could be the cause for such results given. Source F shows a map of Derry showing local electoral districts. It corresponds with source E and shows how many people of each place took part. The map also points out where 'Bog side' is; this is where most inhabitants were catholic. ...read more.

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It shows on the diagram the politician the clergyman and the family and workers all walking in the same direction this could indicted that they all want what's best for everyone and to create a better life in Ireland, peace. The other character on this wall is walking in the opposite direction to everyone else, it seems he is most probably a protestant maybe a member of the IRA who is still very racist towards Catholics and will not surrender and so will not help to create a better life in Ireland. I think that for Ireland to move on completely it just needs a little bit of give from each religion and culture and for people to finally realise that it does not matter where or what religion you come from everyone is a human being and deserves to be treated equally surely they can see what an easier and more civil not only Ireland but the world as well would be if everyone would just accept and agree to this. ...read more.

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