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What were the troubles faced Catholics in Northern Ireland.

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GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85

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What were the troubles faced Catholics in Northern Ireland.

The essay I am completing, is on the troubles faced by Catholics in Northern Ireland Catholics were few in numbers in Northern Ireland, so they faced disadvantages in many areas, such as employment, housing and politics. This was because of the fact that there was a majority of Protestant's that felt that the Catholics religious beliefs were wrong.

At present the Protestant have Political power, which will result to the Catholics being at a disadvantage. All the citizens of Northern Ireland were entitled to vote in National and local elections. This was of no use for Catholics, because in local election people with property, like a business were entitled to more votes than the people with no property. This was even more occurring in areas where Catholics were the majority. Source j is evidence of this, where it shows that there were more Nationalist votes, but there were still more Unionist councillors. Council boundaries were redrawn so that as many protestants as possible were elected. This shows that gerrymandering was in use. Northern Ireland is a democratic country, but it still uses these methods of voting. Gerrymandering is

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