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European Journal

Northern Ireland: The willingness to use violence is on the increase again

The peace process in Northern Ireland could be facing a setback. The willingness to resort to violence is increasing among both Protestants and Catholics.

Many Protestants in Northern Ireland consider themselves the losers in the peace process. They have had to give up privileges and share power with Catholic parties. Protestants are giving vent to their anger with new marches. But the economic crisis is also driving many people to join radical Catholic groups. IRA splinter groups have joined together and are already threatening terrorist attacks.