Ulster is a nine county ancient province, in which six of the counties form what is now known as Northern Ireland (Tonge 2006: 222).
Land in Ulster, previously held by the Catholic Irish natives, was now colonised by Protestants from England and Scotland (Hennessey 1997: 1).
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However, for this essay, when discussing the politics of Northern Ireland, the terms Nationalist and Unionist shall be used.
For religious based commentary, the religious labels of Catholic and Protestant will be used.
The aftermath of the First World War resulted in a number of uneasy ethnic and religious compromises during the creation of Northern Ireland (Mc Grattan 2012: 3).
On the surface, the Northern Ireland conflict is religious, as the opposing communities have used the terms Catholic and Protestant to describe themselves (Ganiel and Dixon 2008: 422).
The Nationalists are overwhelmingly Catholic and view themselves as being Irish, and wish to be part of a united Ireland (Dixon 2001: 2).
The political allegiance of the Nationalists lie with the Social Democratic and Labour Party and Sinn Fein, which is the political wing of the IRA (Mitchell 2006: 32).