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  • Today is St. Patrick’s Day and millions of people of Irish descent
    will be throwing parades and parties to celebrate the day. But what
    tends to get lost in the all the hoopla is the political history of
    Ireland and the struggles that are still going on today.

    Today on Democracy Now, we’re going to take a look at one of the
    seminal moments in Irish history — the Irish potato famine — and
    get a broad overview of how colonialism...

    Mar 17, 1997 | Story
  • Irish civil rights leader Bernadette Devlin McAliskey’s 25-year-old
    pregnant daughter — Roisin — sits in an isolated high security
    prison in London, England. She’s awaiting extradition to Germany on
    charges that she attempted to murder 150 British soldiers as part
    of an IRA commando operation last year.

    Roisin’s supporters say she’s been framed because of her political
    beliefs and because British officials are using...

    Mar 17, 1997 | Story
  • When Ireland won independence from British rule in 1921, six counties in the north of the country were carved out and remained under the control of London. The six counties were specifically chosen because they contained a Protestant majority. The Protestants had enjoyed economic and political privileges since their ancestors settled in the region and established plantations and other businesses in the 17th and 18th centuries. But they saw their...
    Aug 12, 1997 | Story
  • Peace talks between Britain and Irish Republicans began this week in Northern Ireland. But yesterday a bomb exploded at a police station outside Belfast, a blast which — if nothing else — highlighted the problems that lay ahead in any negotiated solution to the political crisis in Northern Ireland. There was no claim of responsibility for the bomb.
    Sep 17, 1997 | Story
  • For most of the last 28-years, Northern Ireland has been at war. On the one side stands the Irish Republican Army and other organizations generally called Nationalists or Republicans, who are fighting for a united Ireland and against official discrimination towards Catholics and Irish Nationalists in the British-ruled province.
    Nov 07, 1997 | Story
  • Irish Republican leader Gerry Adams crossed the threshold of the BritishPrime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street in London today. Adams’meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair of the ruling Labor Party was thefirst time since 1921 that the leader of an armed Irish anti-colonialmovement has officially met with a British leader.
    Dec 11, 1997 | Story
  • The Northern Ireland peace deal struck this weekend between Ireland, Britain, and political leaders of the British-ruled province faces a tough road ahead.
    Apr 14, 1998 | Story
  • Last week’s peace agreement in the North of Ireland has been greeted with a variety of responses.
    Apr 16, 1998 | Story
  • The people in the north of Ireland voted for the peace plan designed to revamp the government of the occupied province. In a referendum that prompted the largest voter turnout ever, 71 percent gave their approval to the agreement reached April 10th, after two years of multi-party negotiations.
    May 26, 1998 | Story
  • The latest bombing in Northern Ireland has prompted police to round-up suspects near Omagh, the site of the blast. A car bomb on a crowded street Saturday killed 28 people and wounded at least 220. At dawn Monday police arrested 5 people in the attack. The officials say the suspects are linked to a group supposedly called — the real IRA. The group denies the charges. Under British law, the five can be interrogated for up to a week before...
    Aug 18, 1998 | Story