Note: To find out more about the history of the conflict and the current situation in Northern Ireland, go to the links given below. The agreement passed its first test on March 9, when the Northern Ireland Assembly voted its support 88—17, setting the stage for the April 12 power transfer deadline.
But by the deadline Sinn Fein had made little progress toward disarmament, and so on Feb. This immigration proved very effective and byless than five per cent of the land of Ulster was still in the hands of the Catholic Irish.
Negotiators for Sinn Fein pushed for a British withdrawal from Northern Ireland; Great Britain countered that the IRA must give up its weapons before Sinn Fein would be allowed to negotiate on the same basis as other parties.
The period known as 'The Troubles' began in the late s and lasted for nearly 30 years.
Economic reasons may partly explain this. Unionists those who want to remain a part of the United Kingdom support Partition but Republicanists those who want all of Ireland to be a separate independent republic oppose partition. Ireland — or the Republic of Ireland as it is officially named — is now a completely separate country and has no longer any formal bond to the UK.
The civil war did not change the decision.