p. 312. Home rule in Ulster: Stormont's record
- Marc Mulholland
‘Home rule in Ulster: Stormont's record’ describes how Northern Ireland's purpose-built parliament building at Stormont, near Belfast, was opened in 1932, reflecting the desire of the Unionist establishment to present a stolid confidence to the world. The Stormont regime was unquestionably democratic and, in its welfare policies and subsidation of Catholic education, rather liberal by the standards of the day. Discrimination was limited in scale, but pervasive and consistent, designed to preserve two communal blocks in which Protestant Unionism was to retain an unwavering majority. The symbolic apparatus of the state — its sponsored festivals, holidays, statues, etc — was exclusively Unionist.