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 below the rule of thumb of a devolved executive in Belfast. This govt, consultant purely of the bulk Protestant unionist neighborhood, held enterprise till the emergence of the Nationalist Civil Rights circulate within the past due Sixties, following which the province quickly subsided into the civil unrest widely recognized as 'the Troubles'. the nice worth of this ebook is that it offers an outline of occasions because the outbreak of the concerns as much as and together with the current doubtful peace strategy. It brings a latest point of view to ancient occasions, taking account of the scholarship which has built in Northen eire reviews over the past 20 years. different books through Thomas Hennessey The Northern eire Peace strategy.

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106 The agreement was confirmed by the Free State and British parliaments, and the report of the Boundary Commission was suppressed for decades to come. ' 107 When the compromise agreement was revealed, in December 1925, Healy and the other nationalist MPs for Fermanagh and Tyrone claimed that the border nationalists had been 'callously betrayed' and that they were neither morally nor legally bound by the new agreement, as the Free State representatives had no authority to alter the Treaty. 108 Not all Northern nationalists, however, were dismayed by the outcome.

On 29 March 1922 a further meeting took place between Craig and Collins, this time at the Colonial Office in London. A second CollinsCraig Pact was announced. Clause l announced: 'Peace is to-day declared'; clause 2 committed both Irish Governments to co-operating to restore peaceful conditions; clause 3 suggested a mixed special police force and the establishment of a Police Advisory Committee, to be composed of Catholics who would recommend suitable Catholic recruits. Clause 4 advocated the establishment of non-jury courts, and clause 5 proposed a joint Catholic-Protestant Conciliation Committee to investigate outrages and their validity.

The ope~ing hours of public houses were also curbed. m. m. m. In Belfast, 778 B Specials were mobilised for full-time duty; in County Down and County Fermanagh the figures were 820 and 1,060, respectively. 87 The Special Powers Act (as it is generally called) and the transfer of Field-Marshal Sir Henry Wilson-soon to be assassinated by the IRA in London-from his post as Chief of the Imperial General Staff to advise the Northern Ireland Government on security matters signalled the introduction of the new security policy.

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