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The struggle for peace in Northern Ireland is not a new concept for the past four hundred years the Catholics have continued to battle the Protestants for the land which was taken from them so long ago Despite the wars longevity the twentieth century has for the most part seen the worst of the conflict The civil wars and guerrilla tactics of the 1900s produced much bloodshed and have further divided the people of Northern Ireland Leaving one to believe that an agreement may never be reached but a settlement between the two sides is imperative if we are to ensure a global peace in the new Millennium However how can peace be reached in a country where children grow up learning to hate their neighbours witnessing acts of senseless brutality in the streets living in a country so hostile so divided Truth-be-told the chances of these two sides coming to any kind of agreement in the near future are bleak Peace is unlikely in a country with a history filled with su ch hate and animosity Prior to British rule Ireland had been a peaceful country but in 1541 Henry VIII had himself declared King of Ireland and the peace began to dwindle In 1543 he made the Church of England independent from the Pope in Rome leaving most Irish who claimed allegiance to the Pope angry and struggling to accept their new leadership This along with the growing amount of Protestant power led to a rebellion in 1641 against English and Scottish immigrants in Ulster England was seeking only to expand their empire caring little for the rightful inhabitants of the land the Irish Catholics In 1642 Oliver Cromwell confiscated Catholic land giving it to British settlers and soldiers By 1665 the Protestants made up 13 of the population but owned 45 of the land On July 12 1690 William of Orange defeated the Irish Catholics led by James II in the
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