The Troubles

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The Troubles is a neutral term for the complex issues of terrorism that continue to confront Northern Ireland. Its neutrality comes from an avoidance of any identification of a sole cause of the complex issues that are involved there, as this would inevitably be partisan in some manner or other. They are generally taken as beginning in the late 1960's and have claimed some 3,000 - 4,000 lives from all sides since then.

Currently, the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom are working together closely and peacefully to seek a solution and have been doing so for some time. There is no simple solution to The Troubles and it can only be hoped that the current paramilitary ceasefire holds and that relative peace is maintained in Northern Ireland for the sake of all its inhabitants.