The 100th anniversary of the first session of the Northern Ireland Parliament is being celebrated this Tuesday (June 21) at Belfast Town Hall.
The first session in 1921 marked the partition of Ireland by the British Empire to please Protestant Unionists, but was strongly opposed by Irish Catholic nationalists for decades.
The controversial Northern Ireland Parliament was convened at Belfast Town Hall on June 22, 1921, after the British partition of the island of Ireland.
The so-called “Protestant Parliament for Protestants” discriminated against Irish Catholics, prompting many observers to claim that it did not serve the entire people well.
“We have to look back, it’s a look at historians, to decide that it was considered wrong. A great effort had to be made in integration. There must have been a great effort to promote rights and dignity, and it simply did not happen. For 50 years the parliament in Stonemont has been based entirely on unionist rule, ”says editor of The Irish News. Noel Doran.
In 1932 Parliament moved to the Stonemont Building, which still stands today.
Although the building was in a state of disrepair, the decisions taken here resulted in conscious and repeated discrimination against Catholics in Northern Ireland.
In the late 1960s, a conflict that lasted more than 25 years erupted, claiming an estimated 3,500 lives.
The question is how long this Parliament can continue in the face of major population changes in Northern Ireland.
Historian Paul Beau believes that the unity of the two Irelands will not happen soon. “The truth is that the split is sure to persist for years to come, but after that we do not know what’s going to happen to Scotland more than anything else, so there’s a great deal of uncertainty here.
“The Parliament of Northern Ireland has been inactive since 1921, and many are questioning whether it serves the population well. However, it is expected that the number of Irish Catholics will be higher than that of Protestants. After the British hoped for a unification referendum here in the coming years, it is likely that this Parliament will not celebrate its 200th anniversary in 100 years., Concludes Euro News journalist Ken Murray.