Don't forget this 40th anniversary
There are so many important anniversaries around at the moment that one, in particular, may be forgotten.
I refer to the 40th anniversary of the suspension of the Northern Ireland Parliament on March 28, 1972, ending 50 years of devolved government at Stormont.
The Northern Ireland state, up to 1972, is often written off as a "Protestant state for a Protestant people". It must be remembered that it was confronted throughout its existence by De Valera's Ireland, undoubtedly a "Catholic state for a Catholic people".
This encouraged a siege mentality among Northern unionists.
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