• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why did violence increase between the arrival of the British Troops in August 1969 & the imposition of Direct Rule in March 1972?

Extracts from this document...


Why did violence increase between the arrival of the British Troops in August 1969 & the imposition of Direct Rule in March 1972? British troops were introduced to Northern Ireland due to the increasing violence and unfairness to the minority of Catholics. Protestants were increasing their control over the Catholics, in many ways such as Gerrymandering meaning Catholics had the minority vote in local elections and Protestants came into power. The IRA were rearmed and began collecting support and were getting ready for more terrorist attacks and countering the Protestant parties. Riots started to break out and the Northern Ireland police lost control, this was because from the beginning, Catholics in Northern Ireland were a disadvantaged minority in matters of employment, housing, education, cultural and political participation. ...read more.


In August 1971 the policy of internment was reintroduced (meaning people could be but in jail without trial) and many innocent Catholics were put in jail. This increased popularity for the IRA, ironically, what they were trying to fight against, and many Protestants believed they were collecting supplies and weapons with which they could attack. Unfortunately, the British troops provided the perfect target. Stormont had to do something to stop the violent actions of the IRA, so they tried to rectify certain laws and impose new ones to increase fairness for the Catholic population. *Schooling improvements to integrate Catholic children and Protestant children. *Housing system changed and Protestant and Catholic families were separated to reduce conflicts *Power Sharing *Forbidding of the use of plastic bullets However these reforms made ...read more.


The soldiers claimed to have been shot first and nail bombed however no eye witnesses recall a nail bomb going off. Referring back to the question, violence greatly increased during these times (now known as the 'Troubles') due to reasons such as the inadequate reforms made by Stormont, the reintroduction of Internment and of course Bloody Sunday. The imposition of Direct Rule and the fall of Stormont were perhaps expected, due to the failure to cease the rioting and fighting going on in Northern Ireland. However probably the main reason that there was a renewed wave of violence was because of the British troops, sent it to do the exact opposite. Therefore it seems in attempt to solve the situation in Northern Ireland, we made it worse. By Stephen Daly ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Northern Ireland 1965-85 essays

  1. What Happened at Sharpeville on 21st March 1960?Massacre or Self-Defence?

    This is not a fair, nor reliable, way of collecting evidence as there are no opinions from the other side of the story. The reliability of Source F could also be checked by comparing it with Source E as a method of verification.

  2. The History of Conflict in Ireland.

    are Unionist or Nationalist, Sinn Fein is the political wing of the IRA, and it has played that role quite hotly down the years. Sinn Fein's political role was never important until the beginning of The Troubles, because it had been the militants, the military types, who were in command inside the Republican movement.

  1. Why were British troops sent to Northern Irelandin 1969?

    Sinn Fein believed that the only way to gain independence was violence. In 1918 the Government of Britain passed a conscription law. This meant that the British Government could force Irishmen to join the British Army. The Government never actually used the Conscription Law but it forced more Irish People to turn against the British Government.

  2. Why were british troops sent into northern ireland in 1969?

    The campaign for social justice collected and publicized information about injustice in Northern Ireland. Terence O'Neil was the new Unionist Prime Minister and had promised to get rid of extra votes for businessmen, and by claiming to do this, he angered many Protestant business.

  1. Why were British Troops sent into Northern Ireland in 1969?

    The Unionists wanted to stay with England because they too were Protestants and were afraid the Catholic Church would take over if Ireland was independent, the Nationalists didn't want to be ruled by protestant. Without the United Kingdom they could be an island with little support.

  2. Why were British troops sent to Northern Ireland in 1969.

    He also passed laws were by every person should use the English tongue and language. Furthermore houses should be kept "according to English order condition and manner". In 1534 he announced that he was also king of Ireland, undoubtedly causing additional bad feeling towards the English.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work