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The recent violence in Northern Ireland does not mark a return to the dark days. But as long as communities remain segregated, there will be trouble

Northern Ireland is no longer at war, but it is not yet at peace with itself. The Queen’s visit to the Republic of Ireland on 17th May (and President Barack Obama’s on 23rd May) were supposed to signal a new era: that the Troubles were irrevocably in the past. But a bomb, discovered on a bus in Kildare and made safe just hours before the Queen’s arrival in the country, was a reminder that the old antipathies remain. The Queen was the first monarch to visit since Irish independence in 1922. Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein president, acknowledged her visit was…

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