By Brian M. Walker (auth.)
This ground-breaking political heritage of the 2 Irish States offers distinctive new insights into the 'Troubles' and the peace strategy. It examines the influence of the fraught dynamics among the competing identities of the Nationalist-Catholic-Irish neighborhood 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’.
One such event was the annual commemoration of the siege of Derry, 1688–89, when Protestant defenders of Derry held out against the Catholic forces of James II. This event is marked annually by parades in Derry by clubs of the Apprentice Boys of Derry, a Protestant fraternal organisation. 162 From early in the nineteenth century, however, this commemoration became an exclusively Protestant event. The Apprentice Boys organisation and parades were restricted mainly to Derry Protestants until the 1880s when branch clubs of the Apprentice Boys were set up in other parts of Ulster.
What emerged was a clear public identification of the government and state with the Protestant and unionist community. In the early years, however, it is worth noting that there was an effort to avoid such close links. Sir James Craig was an enthusiastic Orangeman, but in 1922 he rejected a request in the Northern Ireland parliament to make the 12th of July a public holiday. 151 On 12 July 1927 the editorial in the nationalist Irish News observed that the Orange resolutions for that year were moderate and that the 12th occasion was under ‘happier auspices than in the past’.
A Political History of the Two Irelands: From Partition to Peace by Brian M. Walker (auth.)