A Political History of the Two Irelands: From Partition to by Brian M. Walker (auth.)

By Brian M. Walker (auth.)

This ground-breaking political background of the 2 Irish States presents distinct new insights into the 'Troubles' and the peace method. It examines the influence of the fraught dynamics among the competing identities of the Nationalist-Catholic-Irish neighborhood at the one hand and the Unionist-Protestant-British neighborhood at the other.

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74 Government enthusiasm for compulsory Irish peaked in 1943 when Derrig introduced a school attendance bill to make it a criminal offence for parents to send their children to private schools or boarding schools in Northern Ireland or Britain, where they would not learn Irish. De Valera backed this measure on the grounds that Irish was ‘part of the equipment necessary for a good citizen’. 75 The bill passed the two houses of parliament, but President Hyde referred it to the supreme court whose members rejected it on grounds that it interfered with the constitutional rights of parents in educational matters.

135 The next year, in response to Ireland’s declaration of a republic, and reflecting the new level of support for Northern Ireland at Westminster, the UK parliament passed the Ireland Act which removed much of the uncertainty, contained in the 1920 settlement, concerning the constitutional status of Northern Ireland. C. 137 He wrote how the use of the term ‘Ulster’ served to give ‘the new state a kind of continuity with the past; it implied that it represented a recognised and well-established territorial division; and it associated Northern Ireland with those stirring seventeenth-century events that were always alive in the folk-memory of Ulster Protestants’.

The local contribution to the war effort encouraged new support for Northern Ireland in Britain. M. 134 In 1947 the possibility of seeking dominion status was considered briefly, partly in response to a new labour government in Britain, but rejected, owing partly to economic considerations. The labour government proved well disposed towards Northern Ireland, thanks to this war record. 135 The next year, in response to Ireland’s declaration of a republic, and reflecting the new level of support for Northern Ireland at Westminster, the UK parliament passed the Ireland Act which removed much of the uncertainty, contained in the 1920 settlement, concerning the constitutional status of Northern Ireland.

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