For the first time in many years, the marching season in Northern Ireland occurs against a backdrop of relatively stable political institutions. Yet as with other years, the marches erupted into almost two weeks of rioting, hijacking, and arson throughout the state. Loyalist areas descended into a state of near anarchy as Orangemen and LoyalistRead more..
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A feud between two Loyalist paramilitary groups has brought British troops back to the streets of Belfast. Fighting between the Ulster Defense Association (U.D.A.) and the Ulster Volunteer Force (U.V.F.) erupted in August after the U.D.A. organized a parade of uniformed and masked men carrying U.D.A. banners down the Shankill Road in military formation. ThisRead more..
One of the happy consequences of Ireland’s robust economy is the reversal of its centuries-long emigration trend. Now thousands of Irish citizens are returning home, often to find an Ireland that is quite different from the one they left. To accommodate this new influx, the Irish government has published Returning to Ireland, a new informationRead more..