unit of five programmes examines the reasons for the establishment
of two separate governments in Belfast and Dublin and
the political, social and economic problems confronting
them. Emphasis will be placed on an analysis of how and
why civil unrest developed in Northern Ireland. The programmes
will consider the political impact of the Civil Rights
Movement; changes in the political situation within Northern
Ireland; the influence of violence and the response of
the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland governments
to the developing political situation.
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SELB prog code: TP 0217
opening programme in the series traces the
history of Northern Ireland from the Government
of Ireland Act 1920 to the 1960s. The approach
combines comparison of trends North and South
with a chronology of the landmark events.
programme looks at discrimination, the emergence
of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association
and the violence of the 1960s. It ends with
a survey of the events leading to the birth
of the Provisional IRA and the eventual introduction
of Direct Rule from Westminster in 1972.
programme deals with the failure of the power-sharing
administration in Northern Ireland in 1974.
The splits within Unionism, the growing fears
of an Irish dimension being introduced through
the Council of Ireland and the subsequent
Ulster Workers’ Council Strike are also
deals with the impact of the hunger strike
in the Maze Prison in 1981.
It examines the
reasons for the prison protest, and the emotional
and political effects of the deaths of ten
The programme deals
with the Anglo-Irish Agreement 1985 as a renewed
effort to reconcile the two communities and
to provide a framework for North / South relations.
The Unionist viewpoint and the history of
the constitutional guarantee are considered,
as is Unionist reaction to Dublin involvement
in Northern Ireland’s affairs.