The Irish Question

Ian Garrett asks why British Governments found Ireland so difficult a problem in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Loyalist banner and graffiti on a building in a side street off the Shankill Road, Belfast, 1970. Photo / 	FribblerIreland is a perennial favourite with examiners, and the difficulty that British governments faced in resolving the problems of Ireland is a Depth Study focus for several examination boards. Discussion often centres on how successful – or not – various governments were in tackling Ireland, or on whether parliamentary means or violence was the more significant in pressurising Britain into acceding to Irish nationalist demands. However, what I want to explore here is the question of why British governments have found this issue so intractable – at least, perhaps, until very recent years.

To continue reading this article you will need to purchase access to the online archive.

Buy Online Access  Buy Print & Archive Subscription

If you have already purchased access, or are a print & archive subscriber, please ensure you are logged in.

Please email if you have any problems.