July 30, 1991 |
"Oh give me a home, where there's no Pope o' Rome, where there's nothin' but Protestants stay. . . ," sing the drunken youths, swaying arm in arm around the bonfire that belches smoke into the midnight Ulster air. Atop the celebratory pyre, flames engulf an effigy of John Paul II and the loathed green, white and orange flag of the Irish Republic--the "foreign" land to the south.
May 4, 1991 |
Britain's minister for Northern Ireland met leaders of the Protestant Unionist majority Friday for talks that could present the best chance of peace in 70 years. On the eve of talks with Peter Brooke, veteran Unionist Ian Paisley ruled out any say for the independent Irish Republic on the internal affairs of Northern Ireland, which has been under direct rule from London for 17 years.
March 2, 1988
Britain's relations with the Irish Republic became further inflamed as controversy grew over the fatal shooting Feb. 21 of a young Roman Catholic by a British soldier near the republic's border with Northern Ireland. Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey challenged the British contention that Aiden McAnespie, 23, was shot accidentally as he was about to cross the border en route to work.
January 3, 1987 |
Protestants on Friday renewed their campaign against the Anglo-Irish agreement that grants the Irish Republic a consultative role in governing this British province by launching a drive for signatures on a petition asking Queen Elizabeth II to intervene on their behalf. Led by the Rev. Ian Paisley, Protestants lit dozens of bonfires across the province to begin a campaign for 250,000 signatures on the petition.