Workers' Socialist Review

For a democratic solution to the communal conflict in Ireland (1983)

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Workers Socialist Review
No. 4, Autumn 1984

For a democratic solution to the communal conflict in Ireland

1. The Protestant community in Northern Ireland is a distinct community with its own history, culture and psychology. If it existed in its own distinct territory, it would have all the features Marxists recognise as making up a nation.

It does not have a distinct territory – there is a major Catholic community even within the Protestant heartlands. Therefore it is not a nation.