Identity in Northern Ireland by Cathal McCall download in ePub, pdf, iPad
The war was expected to last only a few weeks but in fact, lasted four years. Their intention was to materially disadvantage the Catholic community and, to a lesser extent, the Presbyterian community. The franchise for local government elections included only rate-payers and their spouses, and so excluded over a quarter of the electorate.
In Northern Ireland, the victories of the Siege of Derry and the Battle of the Boyne in this latter war are still celebrated by some Protestants both Anglican and Presbyterian. Many Catholics however, generally aspire to a United Ireland or are less certain about how to solve the constitutional question. Disagreement on names, and the reading of political symbolism into the use or non-use of a word, also attaches itself to some urban centres. Many unionists, however, remain sceptical. Public opinion among nationalists had shifted during the war from a demand for home rule to one for full independence.
However, there are important differences in law and procedure between Northern Ireland and England and Wales. The phrase is seen as a lighthearted way to refer to Northern Ireland, based as it is on regional pronunciation.
Most of the population of Northern Ireland are at least nominally Christian, mostly Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations. It established a devolved power-sharing government within Northern Ireland, which must consist of both unionist and nationalist parties. Choice of language and nomenclature in Northern Ireland often reveals the cultural, ethnic and religious identity of the speaker. However, not all of those elected take their seats. Northern Ireland itself forms a single constituency for elections to the European Parliament.
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