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Fragile peace in Northern Ireland

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By Arthur I. Cyr

On July 21, Shane Lowry from Ireland clinched his win of the British Open golf tournament, held this year in Portrush, Northern Ireland. The prestigious competition was inspiring, but also was held in a politically tense environment.

In March 2017, the funeral for Martin McGuinness took place in Northern Ireland. He was a top commander of the violent Irish Republican Army (IRA), but later joined the peace process and was Deputy First Minister for the province from 2007 to 2017.

That government combined representatives of both the Protestant majority and Catholic minority in Northern Ireland. The coalition helped end IRA violence against British rule.

Memorial service participants included Arlene Foster, the Protestant First Minister who worked with Mr. McGuinness. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke. Then British Prime Minister Teresa May, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was instrumental in achieving peace in Northern Ireland, did not........

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