Tuesday 13 March 2012

Background to the Ulster Covenant

The BBC has a piece on the Third Home Rule Bill for Ireland which was passed into law in 1912 to guarantee a devolved parliament. Its actions led to the signing of the Ulster Covenant (www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/ulster_covenant.htm), and the creation of the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Irish Volunteers, who were both prepared to fight against and for the bill in equal measure. Although it became law, it was never implemented, due to the First World War, the Easter Rising and the Anglo-Irish War somewhat overtaking events.

Fascinating stuff, which can be read at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-17342745


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