Impasse (June 1974–March 1976)
For the Catholic community in Northern Ireland the various attempts to articulate their political demands have proved notably unsuccessful. The attempts to abolish partition through political channels and hence end their permanent minority status have achieved little, as has the reform of the province’s electoral system. Attempts to shift the dimension of the conflict from religion has made only marginally better gains. On the other hand, the possibility of a change in the rules determining the formation of the government so that government by a numerical majority is replaced by government of the two communities has proved to be far-reaching. But the success of such a change in the political system is contingent on the acquiescence of the majority community, for, in other words, the expressions of opposition towards the new system must fall within the definable framework of constitutional practice.
KeywordsCoalition Government Official Unionist Constitutional Convention Direct Rule Party Policy
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