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Lise Hand: Martin preaches unity -- but only north of the Border

Published 12/10/2010 | 05:00

Bathed in brilliant Indian summer sunlight yesterday morning, the Kilwickie estate in Lurgan, Co Armagh, looked benign and tranquil. But appearances can be deceptive.

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For this housing estate in one of the most segregated towns in Northern Ireland is widely regarded as a recruiting ground for murderous groups such as the Real IRA, who were responsible for the car bomb in the outskirts of Derry city a week ago.

It's a tough place, with old-style uncompromising republican slogans daubed on the walls that lead into Kilwickie and tensions sporadically flare into rioting and thuggery.

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