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The grievances of Northern Ireland are flaring up again. This time Protestant fears are at the heart of it

By David McKittrick   January 2014

Austerity has helped spark violence in Northern Ireland. Photo © Andrew Chittock/Demotix/Corbis

Loyalist protesters attack police lines on the Albertbridge Road in Belfast during an Orange Order parade on 12th July © Andrew Chittock/Demotix/Corbis

Much of the world assumes that Northern Ireland is a triumphant example of a conflict successfully resolved. Tony Blair, and British diplomats more generally, have certainly been happy to accept the plaudits for bringing an apparent end to decades of violence which had left more than 3,700 dead and marred Britain’s standing as a modern liberal democracy. It was a shock then, in July this year,…

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