The partition of Ireland became official when the Government of Ireland Act (GIA) was passed on December 23, 1920.
*Editor’s Note: The following was penned by Gerry O’Shea as a letter to the editor in the August 5, 2020 edition of the Irish Voice newspaper, sister publication to IrishCentral.
The partition of Ireland, which was finalized with the passage of the Government of Ireland Act (GIA) on December 23, 1920, involved a momentous decision by the British government. Dividing a small island into two political entities based on religious affiliation was bound to lead to major problems, especially when a clear majority of the people living on the island did not want the country broken up.
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This division was a reluctant second-best option for the unionist/Protestant community in Ulster and for Prime Minister David Lloyd-George and his cabinet. The nationalist community
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