The “reconciliation, mutual understanding cannot be taken for granted“. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Northern Ireland, the Queen Elizabeth, in a speech, he sent his “best wishes” to the Irish people to celebrate the anniversary. Northern Ireland was founded on May 3, 1921, when the Government of Ireland Act came into effect and divided the island of Ireland into two separate entities: lNorthern Ireland thus became part of the United Kingdom with England, Scotland and Wales. Just like founding day 100 years ago, no grand celebrations or ceremonies are planned given the starkly conflicting views on its creation. The restrictions relating to the pandemic from coronavirus.
Since its founding, Northern Ireland society has been divided between those who want to stay in the UK and those who wish to see Northern Ireland become part of the Republic of Ireland. For decades, that rift has fueled sectarian violence. The so-called ‘Troubles’ caused around 3,500 deaths. Then, the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 formalized the power sharing between unionists and nationalists. This process has not always taken place smoothly at the political level, with the two sides often unable to reach agreement on how to govern. There have also been sporadic outbreaks of violence.
“This anniversary reminds us of the our complex history and offers the opportunity to reflect on our unity and our diversity“, stressed the queen again in a note. “It is clear that reconciliation, equality and mutual understanding they cannot be taken for granted and they will require sustained fortitude and commitment, “he added. The queen also referred to “precious” memories which she shared in Northern Ireland with her late husband, the Prince Philip, died last month at the age of 99.