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Planning DerryPlanning and Politics in Northern Ireland$
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Gerald McSheffrey

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237143

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313776

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(p.7) 1 Prelude
Planning Derry
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This chapter describes the political and religious circumstances prevalent in Ireland throughout the making of the plan for Londonderry. It provides a brief historical background of Ireland and highlights the schism between those Irish who regard Northern Ireland as an integral part of Great Britain and those who regard it as a natural part of the Republic of Ireland. It discusses the social and economic inequities that affected both Protestant and Catholic working-class populations and considers the struggle of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the signing of the 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty.

Keywords:   political circumstances, religious circumstances, Ireland, Londonderry, Great Britain, economic inequities, IRA, 1921 Anglo-Irish Treaty, Protestant, Catholic

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