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No sane man would undertake to carry on a parliament with such a small majority

Professor Diane Urquhart


Partition was more than a political and geographical divide; it cost both lives and livelihoods, says Professor Diane Urquhart

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Historic: King George V and Queen Mary at Belfast City Hall for the opening of the first Ulster Parliament in June 1921. (Picture by Alamy)

Historic: King George V and Queen Mary at Belfast City Hall for the opening of the first Ulster Parliament in June 1921. (Picture by Alamy)

Then UUP Leader Sir Edward Carson at a rally. Credit: Belfast Telegraph

Then UUP Leader Sir Edward Carson at a rally. Credit: Belfast Telegraph

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Historic: King George V and Queen Mary at Belfast City Hall for the opening of the first Ulster Parliament in June 1921. (Picture by Alamy)

The partition of Ireland was never put to the electorate. It might, therefore, be presumed that partition was foisted on Ireland by a post-war coalition government, headed by David Lloyd George, keen to settle the long-standing “Irish problem” by any means.

However, the partition of the island of Ireland was not a new idea. The previous configurations posited ranged from two, four and six counties to the nine counties of the province of Ulster.


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