The smaller, northern segment of Ireland, the North Atlantic island. Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom. Site of decades of conflict between British loyalists and Irish republicans, it has calmed of late.
The capital city, Belfast, is also the seat of Northern Ireland's government. Politically, the country was dominated for decades by the violence known as "The Troubles," between predominantly Catholic Irish republicans and predominantly Protestant British loyalists. Since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, a power-sharing system of government designed to guarantee legislative power to both sides of the argument, the fighting has broadly subsided. Some isolated incidents of violence continue, however. The Sinn Fein political party is the country's leading republican power, the Unionist Party stands for continued UK membership. This page collates recent DW content concerning Northern Ireland.
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Nearly 20 years after the end of Northern Ireland's conflict, Protestant and Catholic communities are still largely divided. Tensions can easily flare, especially in July, when Protestant communities celebrate a military victory over Catholics back in 1690. The Protestant Orange Order marches through the streets of cities and towns with flute bands. Louise Osborne and Jennifer Collins report.
The Northern Irish elections were held back in March, but there is still no sign of a new government. Now leaders from both of the main parties, the Protestant Democratic Unionists and the Catholic Sinn Feín, have suggested that a deal won't be forthcoming before the autumn. So how much is this all par for the course? Irish journalist Peter Geoghegan explained.