Why do you think that northern should have remained separated from Ireland?  i need reasons for why do you think this is a better option, and also why was the anglo-irish treaty was considered a...

Why do you think that northern should have remained separated from Ireland?

 

i need reasons for why do you think this is a better option, and also why was the anglo-irish treaty was considered a betrayal. thanks ;)

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 allowed Ulster/Northern Ireland to opt out of membership in the new Irish state if its citizens so desired.  This can be seen as a betrayal of the citizens who wanted to remain part of Ireland and who had risked (or given) their lives in support of the goal of Irish independence.

As far as why separation was a better option than union with Ireland, I think you have to look to history and demographics.  Much more than in the rest of Ireland, the British sent colonists to Northern Ireland, beginning in the 1610s.  Because of this, there was a strong core of Loyalists in Ulster.  Also because of this, there was much more of a Protestant presence in Northern Ireland than there was in the rest of the island.  These differences, one could argue, would have made it very hard for the northern counties and the rest of the country to maintain a peaceful union.

parama9000 | Student

It was not very likely, based on history, for a peaceful union to have existed, in that sense they should have remained separated.

It went against the ideals of those who wanted to be of Ireland or those who stood for Irish independence.