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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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