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Anglo-Irish Agreement

Duration: 01:13

The British and Irish governments entered into an agreement in November 1985 that gave Dublin a greater say in the affairs of Northern Ireland. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher aimed to marginalise Sinn Féin and the IRA by engaging moderate nationalists and enlisting the support of the Irish government. UDA member John Gregg labelled it "another sell out" and Ian Paisley was again at the forefront of unionist resistance. The ultimate irony of the escalating protests against the agreement was the sight of loyalists attacking police with a Union flag.

Available since: Tue 19 Mar 2013

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Written In Blood: The Paramilitaries

Peter Taylor presents an account of the rise of paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland.

First broadcast: 21 Aug 1994

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