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Yearbook 2005

Ireland. According to countryaah, Former Prime Minister Ray Burke was sentenced in January to six months in prison for failing to declare income equivalent to € 147,000 in 1993. Burke, who belonged to the Fianna Fáil government party, was appointed Foreign Minister in 1997, even though there were already suspicions that he had committed financial irregularities.

In October, a government report drew sharp criticism of police and Catholic bishops in a Diocese of County Wexford for how they handled sexual abuse of children as priests committed during the period 1966-2002.

2005 Ireland

In response to the Provisional IRA's actions, Protestants in Northern Ireland set up a number of paramilitary organizations, such as the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Ulster Defense Association (UDA). During the period 1969-94, 3,000 were killed by paramilitary groups on both sides, the British Army, the Ulster Police Forces and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) - another police force. In 1972 the paramilitary prisoners were called political prisoners, but from 1976 this name was again canceled.

The ever-increasing violence led London to take full responsibility for "the creation of law and order in Northern Ireland". The government of Belfast was dissolved and a direct government from Westminster was introduced. In a referendum conducted in March 1973, 60% voted in favor of a continued union with Britain. (See UK). In late 1973, a form of parliament was created in Belfast, where Protestants and Catholics allegedly shared power.

The agreement reached in December between the London and Dublin governments on the establishment of a Council of Ireland and a Northern Irish government encountered fierce opposition among the Protestants, who in 1974 conducted a general strike, culminating in the state of emergency and the dissolution of the government. London again assumed government responsibility but retained the Northern Irish Parliament.

In Ireland, the nationalist conservative Fianna Fáil party had been in power for 44 years, when it was beaten by a coalition consisting of the Conservative Fine Gael and the Labor Party in the 1973 elections. The coalition declared its willingness to conduct a division of power with Ulster.

After the IRA assassinated the British ambassador to Ireland in 1976, Northern Ireland tightened its funds against terrorism. At the 1977 election, Fianna Fáil regained power and maintained good relations with London. Prime Minister Jack Lynch supported the formation of a local government in the north rather than requiring mergers between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In August 1979, Dublin agreed to increase border control after Lord Mountbatten was killed in Ireland and 18 British soldiers were killed in Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland. In December, Lynch resigned from the Prime Minister's post and was replaced by former Minister Charles Haughey, who again raised the issue of reunification but with some form of autonomy for Ulster.

Regular ministerial meetings between England and Ireland culminated in 1985 with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. It allowed the Irish Government to intervene in the political, legal, security and border conditions in Northern Ireland. The majority of Protestants in the north expressed great dissatisfaction with the agreement, but it also stated that Northern Ireland's affiliation could only be decided by its own residents.

 

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