Northern Ireland: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Marc Mulholland

By Marc Mulholland

This hugely readable exploration of the imperative matters and debates approximately Northern eire units those within the historic context of 1000's of years of clash. It tackles many questions, reminiscent of: What bills for the perpetuation of ethnic and non secular clash in eire? Why has armed violence confirmed so tough to regulate? who're the foremost figures and matters within the clash? will we count on extra "Northern Irelands" sooner or later?

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Notably, the ‘new city’, Craigavon (provocatively named after Northern Ireland’s first prime minister), was intended to absorb Portadown and Lurgan in County Armagh. This raised Unionist fears that Catholic immigrants would flood from counties Fermanagh and Tyrone, creating a Nationalist majority in County Armagh, and losing Unionist seats. The city’s planner, Geoffrey Copcutt, some years later confirmed to The Times that ‘during the 41 Home rule in Ulster Discrimination against Protestants in Middle Liberties, where you Economy Northern Ireland’s economy was based upon agriculture, textiles, and engineering.

Thus for an anti-Vietnam War demonstration on 27 November in London’s Grosvenor Square, 8,000 police managed 15–20,000 marchers. For a 16 November civil rights demonstration in Derry, with a similar number on the streets, the normal RUC presence of 130 could only be raised to 400. ’ The only alternative was concession, yet Unionists were loathe to give way before street politics and, indeed, the dictates of Harold Wilson’s Labour government at Westminster. On 4 November Wilson summoned Terence O’Neill and his cabinet colleagues to Downing Street to demand reforms.

Bonar Law, leader of the Conservative Party, inspects the Ulster Volunteer Force, July 1914. His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition supported armed resistance in Ulster to an Act of Parliament. 18 Ireland. However, in an increasingly democratic age, the mass resistance of Ulster – based widely on all classes of the Protestant community: farmer, worker, bourgeoisie, and gentry – was the key to defeating home rule. By default, Ulster self-determination emerged as the key question. There can be no doubting the furious and excellently organized Ulster Unionist opposition to home rule for Ireland.

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