SOC 308 Week 5 DQ 1 Northern Ireland (Ash) FOR MORE CLASSES VISIT www.soc308tutorials.com Northern Ireland. English involvement in Ireland dates back to 1171, when English King, Henry II invaded the island to expand his empire. Since then, politics in the region has been characterized by varying degrees of tension between Irish independence and British rule. This tension has often flared into violent conflict. As in other global situations, what might be more accurately described as a political and economic conflict has become an ethnic conflict, with opposing groups unified around cultural and religious identities.