Exam questions in Ireland topic 5

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

Documents-based question

2010

Documents-based question

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?

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