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October 25, 1992 | Reuters
Protestants in Northern Ireland, long thought to outnumber Catholics by a two-to-one margin, have in fact only a bare majority of less than 5%, census figures disclosed Friday. Experts believe the findings offer the most accurate snapshot of Northern Ireland's 1.5 million people since the political and sectarian conflict first erupted in 1969. The latest census figures showed 38.4% recorded as Catholics and 42.8% as Protestant. The rest were made up of the Jewish, Chinese and Indian
January 7, 2010 | By Henry Chu
Northern Ireland's largest Protestant paramilitary group announced Wednesday that it had finally surrendered all of its weapons, more than a decade after the historic Good Friday Agreement formally ended violent sectarian struggle in the province. Independent monitors confirmed that the Ulster Defense Assn.'s guns and bombs had been put out of commission, meaning that the main armed organizations on both sides of the loyalist-republican divide have been disarmed. The step was hailed as a milestone by the British government, which has imposed a Feb. 9 deadline for weapons held by underground groups to be turned in without penalty.
August 6, 1985
Protestant activists demanded the immediate expulsion from Northern Ireland of 116 visiting American "terror tourists" who belong to a New York-based fund-raising group, the Irish Northern Aid Committee (NORAID). A spokesman for the Democratic Unionist Party, led by the Rev. Ian Paisley, said he expects the outlawed Irish Republican Army to wage violent attacks in an effort to impress "the naive and callous Americans."
June 28, 2009 | Henry Chu
Lasting peace in Northern Ireland took another step forward Saturday when major Protestant paramilitary organizations announced that they had decommissioned some or all of their weapons, following a similar move years earlier by the opposing Irish Republican Army. The Ulster Defense Assn.
August 10, 1985 | TYLER MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
Berlin is not the only city in Europe divided by a wall. A forbidding concrete barrier, 20 feet high in some places, cuts through working-class Belfast, separating not political ideologies but Protestants and Roman Catholics. The Belfast Wall is gradually replacing sheet-iron and barbed-wire barricades thrown up in the late 1960s after sectarian violence broke out in the six British-controlled counties that make up Northern Ireland, or Ulster, as it is known.
November 19, 1987
Damn the IRA. It plants a bomb, then blames the British for setting it off prematurely before it could kill British soldiers instead of civilians! What do IRA members want? Don't they know England wants what's best for Ireland? Forget Oliver Cromwell massacring thousands, confiscating all land in Ulster and giving it to his soldiers; forget the potato famine of 1847-50 where 2 million starved while England exported tons of Irish grain and livestock; forget the Black and Tans of 1921-23 that slaughtered indiscriminately and gave new meaning to the word "barbaric"; forget the 1960s in Ulster when Irish were arrested without charge and imprisoned without trial; forget that in Ulster today, being a Nationalist means you can't get a job; forget about a United Ireland and self-determination; England knows what's best for Ireland!
April 20, 1986
Hardline-line Protestants said they will call on supporters to refuse to pay taxes as part of the campaign of civil disobedience against the Anglo-Irish agreement on Northern Ireland. Leaders of the Democratic Unionist Party, the smaller and more militant of Ulster's two major Protestant factions, said they will announce details of a tax revolt plan this week.
December 8, 1993
Your editorial, "A Break in the Storms Over Northern Ireland?" (Nov. 26), notes that a "working rapport" between the governments in Dublin and London offers some hope for peace in Ulster. The danger to real peace, as suggested later in the article, comes in the form of extremists on both sides. Consultation between the two governments, which must include the extremists, is, of course, necessary for a kind of peace to develop. However, studies that I have made of the conflict in Ulster reveal a deep animosity, fueled by the inculcation of separate identities, Protestant and Catholic, carried on over many generations.
July 11, 1988
The practical definition of terrorist is "user of small-scale violence in a political cause with no constituency in the continental U.S." Thus Morales, killing for Puerto Rico's separation from the U.S., is a mere murderer, and should have been extradited from Mexico. But IRA men, killing for Ulster's separation from Britain, should not--and do not--suffer extradition from the U.S. And those who destroy whole cities, anywhere, are simply soldiers, not to be punished for doing their duty.
March 16, 2008 | By Rosemary McClure, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dublin, Ireland We careened through the hectic maze of a traffic circle and spun off onto a seemingly quiet side road. A yellow-and-blue double-decker bus, its horn blaring, thundered toward us. "What's he doing on our side of the road?" I screamed to my friends. "We're on his side of the road," one answered. Could it be? The three of us had been in Ireland less than two hours and were about to be incinerated in a head-on collision. We swerved off the highway onto a dusty shoulder as the bus blew by. St. Pat may have cast the snakes out of Ireland, but he didn't do anything to improve highway safety.
November 12, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Northern Ireland's largest loyalist paramilitary force announced Sunday that it will put its weapons aside, another step toward ending the low-level violence that besets the region despite the election of a power-sharing government this year. In a statement timed to coincide with a holiday commemorating war victims across Britain, the Ulster Defense Assn., or UDA, said its military wing would stand down and put its weapons out of reach. The Ulster Volunteer Force made a similar move in May.
December 29, 2003
As 2003 taught so painfully, it's not enough to stop the fighting, to prevail in a battle or a war. It's also vital to win the peace and to let people govern themselves. That's why British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Irish counterpart, Bertie Ahern, deserve credit for pushing steadily into the new year not just to preserve the calm in Northern Ireland but also to press ahead with plans for maximum governance from Belfast, not London. Undeterred by gains by the two radical parties in Northern Ireland's November election, Blair and Ahern, in talks at Downing Street this month, called on the political parties to submit plans to revive the peace process and restore the province's assembly and executive, suspended for 14 months.
October 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Britain and Ireland announced an election date Tuesday for this British territory's empty Catholic-Protestant legislature, and the Irish Republican Army said it had destroyed a larger cache of its weapons than ever before. But Ulster Unionist chief David Trimble said his British Protestant party would not resume its part in a power-sharing government as long as the IRA keeps details of its disarmament secret.
October 25, 2001
The Irish Republican Army's decision finally to destroy its weapons cache puts the future of Northern Ireland more firmly on a political rather than a military path. It is a hopeful spark in the world's current gloom. The IRA kept the details of the arms decommissioning a secret, but an international panel verified that it had occurred and that the arms were "beyond use."
October 19, 2001 | From Associated Press
The largest Protestant party in this British province resigned from the power-sharing government Thursday, leaving Britain to decide whether to suspend the troubled experiment in Protestant-Roman Catholic cooperation. Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble said his party would not return to the four-party coalition government until the Irish Republican Army starts to disarm. He said Britain had a week to respond.
February 12, 1996
Peace is what the people of Belfast want. The blast that rocked the London Docklands Friday took two lives, injured dozens and frightened countless others. It also renewed the belief that violence is no way to achieve peace. Nothing justifies the brutal action of the IRA that hurt so many innocent people who had nothing to do with this centuries-old conflict over Northern Ireland, and for that, the Irish Republican Army should be condemned.
March 1, 1985 | JANICE ARKATOV
"Pa- pah ! Te- teh ! Che- cheh !" It was definitely not just another ordinary day at Occidental College. Five actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company had arrived on campus as part of their eight week/eight university tour (next up is Cal State Fullerton), as well as a dozen student workshops and seminars.
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