Irish Northern Aid
Irish Northern aid was especially needed during the time of The Troubles, a period of political agitation as can be read about here on INAC.org, and it still is even now, more than a decade after the Belfast Agreement. People who are interested in learning about the overwrought history of Northern Ireland can do so here at INAC.org, a source of unbiased and objective information about the ethnic, political and religious strife that has characterized this United Kingdom country.
Irish Northern Aid groups have existed since the late 1960's, soon after The Troubles started. However, the seeds for dissension had been planted as early as 1609, by Protestant Scottish and English settlers and Catholic Ulster natives. INAC.org provides information about these ongoing battle between these two sides led to two armed conflicts, the Irish Confederate Wars from 1641 to 1653, and the Williamite war from 1689 to 1691. Both wars were won by the British protestants, which paved the way for Ireland to eventually abolish its parliament and join the United Kingdom, a state of affairs that lasted from 1801 to 1922, when the partition of Ireland took place. That year the island was divided into Northern Ireland, which remain a part of the United Kingdom, and the Irish Free State, currently known as the Republic of Ireland, which led to other events that will be chronicled in the next paragraphs here on INAC.org.
Northern Ireland population was further divided into protestant unionists, who wished to stay attached to the UK, albeit with their own parliament and devolved government, and catholic nationalists, who yearn for a reunited and independent Ireland. Since the mid 1920's there was sporadic clashes but Northern Ireland was for the most part stable until the '60's, when The Troubles officially began. On 21 May 1966, the protestant Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) declared war on the catholic Iris Republican Army (IRA), a war in the midst of unarmed civilians have been caught in the crossfire over and over again, something that is sincerely lamented by many. Irish Northern aid was indeed sorely needed back then.
The violence went on undeterred without relief for over three decades, until the Belfast Agreement was signed in 1998. Also known as the Good Friday Agreement, as well as Comhaontú Bhéal Feirste or Comhaontú Aoine an Chéasta and Bilfawst Greement, Guid Friday Greement, Bilfawst Greeance, Guid Friday Greeance or Belfast Greeance in Irish and Ulster Scots respectively; this treaty was both a multi-party agreement involving most political parties, and an international agreement between the governments of Britain and Ireland. The agreement covered a multitude of aspects, including general provisions, constitutional issues, human rights, decommissioning, security, and prisoners, and policing and justice. If looking to find out more about Irish Northern aid and The Troubles, then feel free to browse through INAC.org, which strives to present just facts without ever taking sides.