Introduction: Making History?



On 1 September 1994, the complete cessation of violence in the North of Ireland announced by the Provisional IRA came into effect. It was followed shortly afterwards by parallel announcements from other paramilitaries on both sides of the religious divide. With these events, 25 years of more-or-less continuous conflict were broken, and the hopes of finding a lasting peace greatly intensified in both communities.


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