The Beliefs of the Republicans/Nationalists and the Loyalists/Unionists

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The Beliefs of the Republicans/Nationalists and the Loyalists/Unionists There are a number of differences between Nationalists and Unionists and their beliefs. The Nationalists are predominantly Catholic and they do not want Ireland to be part of Britain. They see the British as an occupying army and most believe that the British have no right to be in Ireland, they think it's unfair that the British came into Ireland in the 1600s and have stayed there. They feel angry about how the British have persecuted the Catholics in the past, and they believe that they still don't get treated as well as the Unionists. They campaign for equal rights in different areas, especially housing and jobs.…show more content…
The Nationalists still feel that the British are an occupying army, and think its wrong that they are still there. The Unionists also feel that being part of Britain is good for them economically, whereas the Nationalists feel they get a bad deal. The Unionists mostly share their main religion with Britain so feel happy with them, but the Nationalists feel angry about how the British have treated the Catholics in the past. Though these are the two main groups, not everyone that is classed as a Nationalist or a Unionist feels exactly the same; there are differences within the sides. Some people are more extreme than others and some can be more violent. Within the two sides they have different political parties that have different methods and slightly different objectives. On the Nationalist side two notable parties are the SDLP (Social Democratic Labour Party), lead by John Hume, and Sinn Fein, lead by Gerry Adams. The SDLP have always been committed to peaceful and democratic methods, and see the importance of disarment. They want to see a United Ireland. Sinn Fein is now practising peaceful methods but in the past have had links with paramilitaries such as the IRA, who practise less peaceful techniques. This Party wants a United Ireland like the SDLP, but also wants to break all links to England, and be totally

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