Labour Movements The Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union was founded in 1909 by a man who lived in poverty for most of his life with the name of James Larkin. Working conditions were unfair and wages were not possible to live off of. He recognized change needed to be made, and he united the workers and created a union among them all.
Feminist Movements The Irish Women's Liberation Movement in 1970 sparked change for the way women were to be treated. The women in the movement were tired of being dehumanized and demanded gender equality. For example, women were not allowed to own a home, be in a jury, refuse sex once married, and much more. Although this movement did not last long, it left a long-lasting impact on the country.
War of Independence The war in 1919 to 1921 fought by the Irish against the British. With much perseverance by the Irish, the British were eventually forced to give up as it was beginning to cost their nation too much money and lives. Fun fact: U2's song "Sunday Bloody Sunday" was written as a result of this war. Bloody Sunday goes down in history as one of the most tragic days in Irish History.
Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement took place during the 1960's and fought against discrimination. A large reason for an inequality struggle was due to religion. Catholics were seen as second class citizens. The Northern Irish Civil Rights Movement wanted to establish equality amongst everyone. The Northern Irish Civil Rights Association was implemented in 1967 due to this and it thoroughly assisted this movement as eventually equality was achieved.
James Connolly James Connolly was an inspirational leader who fought for Irish Independence. Connolly was a strong believer in socialism and helped unite thousands of people against the British. He threatened the British Empire and was eventually executed in 1916 shortly after the uprising had begun.
Irish Nationalism Irish Nationalism was achieved and unity was established. The struggle for nationalism in Ireland was largely due to the religious divide amongst the population. An ongoing battle between Catholic and Protestants staged conflicts for years. The British rule in Ireland infringed on the rights of Irish people. Although nationalism in Northern Ireland has been a struggle, a form of it has been established.
Climate Change Climate change in Ireland has the potential to be absolutely devastating. Water is by far the biggest threat to this small country. With ocean levels gradually rising, less and less of the country is going to exist. In addition, many rivers have been flooding which is a nuisance to citizens in this country. In fact, since the year 2000, over $750 million euros have been dished out by insurance companies due to flooding.
Democracy in Ireland Ireland’s government was originally a monarchy, which eventually transitioned into an oligarchy over time. In 1918 at the end of World War 1, the right to vote was established as an agreement made to get people to commit to fight in the war. In 1922, the Irish Free State formed as the country broke their ties with England. They formed a government with democracy and the country has had it ever since.