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The Change of the Irish flag involving 1800 and 1922 The Irish Query changed dramatically between the years 1800 and 1922. The Anglican Ascendancy meant that Ireland was regulated indirectly from England. The Ascendancy angered the Catholics, restricted their rights and made them pay taxes into the Protestant church. This resulted in dissatisfaction among Catholics culminating in the 1798 Rebellion. This led to the British Government to become more involved with Ireland, since they began to fear that Revolution could occur. It revealed to them the flaws of the present, split system in Ireland and the need for the Question to be addressed. The Act of Union represented the first phase of the Irish Question. It was a response to the 1798 Rebellion and anxieties of Ireland maybe functioning as a base for France to bring about revolution. It aimed to combine Ireland and England and also to dissolve the Irish Parliament to the English Parliament. The British Government now had to accept responsibility for Ireland, however, it was still treated as a separate country and Duke of Wellington afterwards described it as "the enemy's nation". The divides between the English and the Irish and the Catholics and the Protestants who had existed before were strengthened to a much larger degree following the Act of Union. This was because Irish Protestants from the North gained both economically and religiously from the Act as they still continued to control Ireland through the Protestant Ascendancy; therefore they became pro-union, and also popularized the Act of Union. Whereas many Catholics in Ireland felt betrayed, since the Act of Union wasn't followed by Emancipation li...