The end of the conflict

The Troubles continued in Northern Ireland throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, especially because of the IRA’s on-going armed campaign. However, in 1983, the republicans’ political wing Sinn Féin started to peacefully negotiate the end of the conflicts. Some loyalists were also trying to negotiate a peaceful resolution by secretly talking with the British and Irish governments through the Protestant clergy.

After a lot of political strategies, paramilitary groups on both sides finally agreed to a ceasefire in 1994. However, the ceasefire was reached after a violent year in 1993, which was characterised by bombings and attacks on both sides. Even after the ceasefire was agreed upon, there were still a few violent incidents. However, the ceasefire did manage to reduce the scale of violence in the long run. Furthermore, the US sent a special envoy to secure an agreement between all the parties involved in the conflict.

Nevertheless, the IRA renounced the ceasefire in 1996 and planted bombs both in Manch...

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