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What Obstacles are standing in the way of peace in Northern Ireland?

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IRELAND What Obstacles are standing in the way of peace in Northern Ireland? In this essay, I am going to explain how a feud between the Protestants and Catholics, is still kept alive today. Also how politicians from Britain, Ireland and the USA are trying to make peace, although there has been some success rate peace has not yet been restored. The reason there can never be peace in Northern Ireland is because the citizens of Northern Ireland look back as past events with hostility. There were several periods of famine in the first part of the nineteenth century, but the most terrible was the potato famine of 1845-9, as a Southern reporter explained in October 1845, "The potato is apparently sound when dug, but on examination small, round spots are found running round the tuber and having each the appearance sore or cancer. The potato in this state... will within a few days be completely destroyed, necessitating a method of turning it to food as quickly as possible" When the potato crops became infected with blight, the Irish catholic farmers could not pay their rent to their wealthy Protestant landlords. Both the landlords and the British Government refused to help the farmers. Many of the farmers were evicted from their farms, 1 million people died and 1 million people emigrated to escape the death and suffering. ...read more.

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Protestants will remember it because it was a great victory for them, how they lasted for many days and didn't give in. The words "No Surrender" are put on many T-shirts as a rememberance of this. James's army retreated and the Protestant authority was secured. A way that past events are remembered are through marches. The name Northern Ireland evokes images of guns, bombs and soldiers. Bloody Sunday was a march against interment (imprisonment without trial) An incident in Northern Ireland in which a number of protesters were taking part in a banned march in Londonderry were shot by the British Army. In Ireland for 50 years the term "Bloddy Sunday" evoked a memory of November 21, 1920, when 14 British Secret Service Men were simultaneously killed by the Irish Volunteers in their Dublin homes, and in retaliation auxilairy police killed 12 specatators at a Dublin Football Match. But since January 30th on Sunday 1972 the term has been re-applied to the shooting of 26 men, 13 fatally, by the British Army in Londenderry. Marches stand in the way of the peace because children are constantly being used in marches. This is worrying for the parents as they bring their children as young as one or two years old. The children are exposed to the same biased views as their parents . ...read more.

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The sacrifices of the past" he said. Chris Pattern was asked to make recommendations for the police force- the name changed to Police Service Of Northern Ireland, and more Catholics should be recruited as well to represent the Catholics in the population. But the Protestants and Catholics have totally different views in everything that happens. In Northern Ireland it is generally held that politics and religion are closely linked together. A person's religion is seen as an indicator to the way he or she votes. Visual evidence in Northern Ireland supports the idea that Protestant areas support unionism in many of the Protestant areas loyalist and banners are displayed, painted red white and blue. The consequence can be seen in a working class Catholic area, with tri-colour and Republican graffiti. The problem is with the Protestants and Catholics is that they can't work together and to start again means that they must let go of past events and move on. Until 1998 the Catholics and Protestants had never even worked together. They hate each other so much that they won't even go in the sme room, shake hands etc. I believe that peace in Northern Ireland will never be restored until the Catholics and Protestants can learn to work together, and look forward to the future and stop dragging up past events, with a grudge. Fighting doesn't solve anything and until they learn this there will be fighting for a long time to come. ...read more.

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