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The decline of Protestants in the South was no accident before and after 1916.
Recent letters to Irish newspapers came up with good reasons, but not all of the answers. We have to look at the sectarianism, the ethnic cleansing and the later policies of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid and others. One cannot cover this without understanding the near absolute power he yielded.
Witness how minority Protestants are treated even today. Witness the absence of mention of the Bethany Home in official annual reports in the 1920s to the 1940s while detailed statistics were supplied for the equivalent Catholic mother and baby homes.
And witness how we weren’t included in the Ryan Report. It’s not enough to say that a few Protestants and Jews held a few top state jobs.
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