A History of Northern Ireland 1920-1996 by Thomas Hennessey

By Thomas Hennessey

Based upon the partition of eire in 1920, Northern eire skilled fifty years of fearful peace lower than the guideline of a devolved govt in Belfast. This govt, consultant in simple terms of the bulk Protestant unionist group, held company till the emergence of the Nationalist Civil Rights circulate within the past due Sixties, following which the province quickly subsided into the civil unrest well known as 'the Troubles'. the good price of this publication is that it presents an outline of occasions because the outbreak of the concerns as much as and together with the current doubtful peace method. It brings a latest standpoint to historic occasions, taking account of the scholarship which has built in Northen eire stories during the last two decades. different books by way of Thomas Hennessey The Northern eire Peace strategy.

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From November 1921, when it accepted responsibility for law and order, the Northern Ireland Government had to rely on the Special Constabulary as its main counter-insurgency force. It was to form an integral part of a new police force, the Royal Ulster Constabulary, which was to replace the RIC but had still to become operational by the middle of 1922. Its target strength was to be three thousand, with a thousand places reserved for Catholics. 89 The effectiveness of the Special Constabulary in quelling IRA activity was acknowledged by the officer commanding the IRA's 3rd Northern Division, who admitted that its deployment had forced him to abandon flying columns in Antrim and Down within two weeks of a planned offensive in the summer of 1922.

71 An agreement reached by the two Irish leaders decided: ( 1) The Boundary Commission as outlined in the Treaty to be altered. The Governments of the Free State and of Northern Ireland to appoint one representative each to report to Mr Collins and Sir James Craig, who will mutually agree on behalf of their respective Governments on the future boundaries between the two. (2) Without prejudice to the future consideration by his Government of the question of tariffs, Mr Collins undertakes that the Belfast boycott is to be discontinued immediately.

MacNeill's resignation produced alarm among the border nationalists and a fear of abandonment. "05 Border nationalists were shocked when a new agreement, negotiated by the British, Irish and Northern Ireland governments and signed by Baldwin, the British Prime Minister, Cosgrave for the Free State Government and Craig for the Northern Ireland Government declared that 'the British Government and the Government of the Irish Free State, being united in amity in this undertaking with the Government of Northern Ireland, and being resolved mutually to aid one another in a spirit of neighbourly comradeship,' agreed that article 12 of the Treaty, relating to the Boundary Commission, would be revoked and that the territory of Northern Ireland would be that set out in the Government of Ireland Act, 1920.

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