Exam Papers – Northern Ireland

Ireland: Topic 5

 

Politics and society in Northern Ireland, 1949-1993

2013

1. How was Northern Ireland affected by developments in one or more of the following: education; health; housing?

2. What were Brian Faulkner’s strengths and weaknesses as a political leader?

3. What was the impact of Republican and Loyalist terrorism on Northern Ireland?

4. What was the significance for Northern Ireland of one or more of the following: religious affiliation and cultural identity; the Apprentice Boys of Derry; Seamus Heaney?

2012

1. How effective was the contribution of Terence O’Neill to the affairs of Northern Ireland?

2. What was the significance of the Coleraine University controversy and/or the activities of the Apprentice Boys of Derry?

3. What political attempts were made to resolve the “Troubles”, 1969-1993?

4. What was the impact of one or more of the following on Northern Ireland up to 1993: Bernadette Devlin; Ian Paisley; Seamus Heaney?

2011

Document Question – Apprentice boys

 

2010

Document Question – Sunningdale

 

2009

 1. Who was the more effective leader of Northern Ireland, Brookeborough or O’Neill? Argue your case, referring to both.

2. To what extent were the activities of the Apprentice Boys of Derry and/or the choice of Coleraine as the site of Northern Ireland’s second university divisive?

3. What were the social and economic effects of the “Troubles”?

4. What was the importance of one or more of the following: the Sunningdale Agreement, 1973; the Anglo-Irish Agreement, 1985; the Downing Street Declaration, 1993?

 

2008

1. How successful was the government of Northern Ireland in responding to social and economic problems, 1949-1969?

2. Why was the choice of Coleraine as the site for Northern Ireland’s second university controversial?

3. Why did the Civil Rights movement emerge in Northern Ireland and was it successful?

4. What moves were made towards finding a peaceful resolution of the “Troubles”, 1973-1993?

 

2007

1. What impact had the introduction of the welfare state to Northern Ireland on one or more of the following: education; health; housing?

2. Account for the fall of Stormont and for the collapse of the power-sharing executive, 1973-1974.

3. What was the importance of each of the following: the Anglo-Irish Agreement, 1985; the Downing Street Declaration, 1993?

4. What problems and opportunities did ecumenism present to society in Northern Ireland between 1965 and 1993?

2006

1. During the period, 1949 – 1969, what was the impact of the welfare state on one or more of the following: education; health; housing?

2. What was the contribution of Terence O’Neill to the affairs of Northern Ireland during the period, 1949 – 1969?

3. What was the contribution of the Apprentice Boys of Derry to the celebration of religious and cultural identity among that city’s unionist minority?

4. Why was Direct Rule (from London) introduced, 1972, and why did it last so long?