Bernadette Devlin Good Friday Agreement

Politicians have organised this year in such a way that we first have our choice and the social protection reforms foreseen under the Tory recovery agreement in second place. Because everyone knows the depth of these reforms. In the North, we are heading into a period of poverty that will frighten people. I see it because I work. The border, which is now often referred to in news about Brexit negotiations, trade deals and the backstop, is almost a hundred years old. This was the result of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921, itself the result of a two-year guerrilla war by Irish Republicans against British forces. This border, which surrounds six of Ulster`s nine counties, created the northern Irish state gerrymander (the remaining three counties, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan, were excluded due to their Catholic majority). The discrimination embedded in it led to the civil rights movement of the late 1960s. .

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