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This episode discusses the patterns of radicalization of ordinary citizens during the Troubles in Northern Ireland and the role of various political actors involved in legitimizing the use of political violence by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (referred to as the IRA for greater simplicity) in the eyes of the public. It presents the main roots of the conflict of political loyalties, which is a complicated struggle fought along national, ethnic and religious lines with the prevailingly protestant Loyalists or Unionists wanting to remain part of the United Kingdom and the prevailingly catholic Nationalists or Republicans wanting the re-unification of Ireland.
The Troubles are discussed in an interview with Mr Jude Collins, a former hight-school teacher in Derry and Dublin and lecturer at the University of Ulster.