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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The Good Friday agreement ended three decades of violence between Catholics and Protestants in 1998. Since then, Northern Ireland's economy has picked up and tourists have returned, but divisions can still be felt today and the peace process continues. This report takes you on a roadtrip along the Northern Irish coast to get a feeling for what life is like 20 years after the end of the conflict.