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What's the history of bus hijacking & burning during the Troubles?

The extent was: 17 drivers were murdered and 1,500 buses destroyed. […] With the introduction of internment in 1971, the situation deteriorated further. Violence increased dramatically with gun ...
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How effective were peace walls in Northern Ireland at reducing violence?

There are anecdotal accounts but I've not found any statistics The Observer, Northern Ireland. Belfast, divided in the name of peace. 22 Jan 2012: Alexandra Park was divided by a "peace wall&...
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What were The Troubles in Northern Ireland really about?

If one sees a conflict and thinks that there's very little to fight about - they are not looking close enough. Usually, underlying reasons are more complex than what is seen at a glance. And the roots ...
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Did the IRA attempt to point out the innocence of the Guildford 4 or Birmingham 6?

There was at least one occasion when a member of the IRA publically stated that the Guildford Four had been wrongly convicted. During the trial of the Balcombe Street gang in 1977, Joe O'Connell made ...
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Discrimination against Catholics in Northern Ireland pre-1968

While Northern Ireland does not divide cleanly into "Catholic" and "Protestant" communities, quite a lot of the population belonged by heritage to one or the other. And you can tell them apart by ...
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Why was Northern Ireland mostly peaceful from the late 1920s to the mid 1960s?

I think a few issues were important in the timing of the Troubles. Free secondary education came in after World War II and this helped create a vibrant, Catholic middle class. The civil rights ...
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What were The Troubles in Northern Ireland really about?

If you want to know why someone is fighting someone else, the safe (if unhelpful) answer is always because they were fighting each other last week. The Soviets have a lot to answer for, but I don't ...
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Why was Northern Ireland mostly peaceful from the late 1920s to the mid 1960s?

It should be mentioned that the IRA did have campaigns in both the 1940's and 1950's but were heavily repressed by the governments in the North and South.
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