By Brian M. Walker (auth.)
This ground-breaking political background of the 2 Irish States presents certain new insights into the 'Troubles' and the peace technique. It examines the effect of the fraught dynamics among the competing identities of the Nationalist-Catholic-Irish group at the one hand and the Unionist-Protestant-British group at the other.
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115 Nonetheless, in both parts of Ireland, IRA numbers grew from the early 1930s and members were involved in shows of strength and acts of violence. The IRA ran a bombing campaign in Britain during 1939. 116 In the years immediately following the 1925 Tripartite Agreement the northern government remained well disposed towards the south. 117 By 1932, however, with the arrival of the Fianna Fáil government the friendly attitude of the northern government changed. 118 In April 1934, in a speech in the Northern Ireland parliament, Craigavon made his often quoted statement about a ‘Protestant parliament and a Protestant state’.
107 This effort to abolish proportional representation was directed at preventing the election of independents and members of minor parties formed as a result of unionist splits, and not against nationalists. 108 This presented a special challenge for Craig, given his family whiskey distillery connection. 109 Local option candidates were defeated. Fianna Fáil, when in power, also had concerns that proportional representation helped independents and made it difficult for governments to secure good majorities.
Such pressures would influence how the new government and its supporters came to establish their own form of identity. Constitutional uncertainties, arising from the 1920 settlement, affected unionist political attitudes. 98 The first occasion for unionist concerns came in late 1921, when, against unionist wishes, the Anglo-Irish Treaty laid down that the Northern Ireland government would retain its existing powers, but under an all-Ireland parliament, not Westminster. The Northern Ireland parliament was to be allowed to opt out of this arrangement, which would bring about the establishment of a boundary commission, to investigate redrawing the north–south border.
A Political History of the Two Irelands: From Partition to Peace by Brian M. Walker (auth.)