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Northern Ireland centenary might just be the right time for a different type of unionism

Chris Hudson and Graham Spencer


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Rather than ridiculing him, unionists would be better served trying to open dialogue with US President Joe Biden. Photo: AP/Evan Vucci

Rather than ridiculing him, unionists would be better served trying to open dialogue with US President Joe Biden. Photo: AP/Evan Vucci

A teenager watches as loyalist violence sweeps the North

A teenager watches as loyalist violence sweeps the North

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Rather than ridiculing him, unionists would be better served trying to open dialogue with US President Joe Biden. Photo: AP/Evan Vucci

The recent street violence across Northern Ireland is influenced by a number of factors, but the central one around which others revolve is an enduring sense of loss in loyalist communities.

That feeling has been growing for years and reflects disillusionment and resentment with the polarised and divisive world of unionist and republican politics, as well as what is seen as a one-sided peace process.


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