Northern Ireland: Remembering the Troubles

Northern Ireland: Remembering the Troubles

For a period of ten years, since the collapse of the “power-sharing” Executive under the impact of the Ulster Workers’ Strike of 1974, the problems of Northern Ireland have seemed virtually insoluble. Political opinion in the two communities in the North has polarized, and the more extreme forces on each side have gained in strength. While initiatives continue to be explored in the North and the South, it seems unlikely that the two Northern Irish communities can be persuaded to agree to any substantial proposals. Meanwhile the recession has hit Northern Ireland particularly hard, and the region suffers from very high levels of unemployment, especially among the young.

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