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A Tragedy of ErrorsThe Government and Misgovernment of Northern Ireland$
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Kenneth Bloomfield

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310645

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312519

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The British dimension: union, devolution and direct rule

The British dimension: union, devolution and direct rule

(p.5) Chapter Two The British dimension: union, devolution and direct rule
A Tragedy of Errors
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This chapter traces the extent of British involvement in political structure and other intervention in the developmental stage of the Government of Ireland. It accounts the development of Ireland from Act of Union to the Government of Ireland Act up to the times that Britain gained direct rule. In between these periods, the state of Northern Ireland did not join the Irish Free State and stayed as an outsider, though efforts were made from the other Irish states and the United Kingdom to coerce with them. This chapter claims that if the British stuck with their original plan of in-and-out intervention it would have had a greater contribution to peace.

Keywords:   Act of Union, Government of Ireland Act, Irish Free State, British intervention, direct rule

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