Quick Guide: Northern Ireland conflict
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Conflict's core

Origins

The 'Troubles' begin

Violence on all sides

Peace in sight

Fragile future?

Fragile future?
The issue of paramilitary weapons has dogged the peace process

Problems remain as devolution has been suspended several times since it began.

Unionists want the IRA to verifiably scrap its weapons and end activity such as so-called punishment beatings.

With the IRA claiming it will do both, Republicans say Unionist demands for pictures of weapons decommissioning are an excuse to avoid power-sharing.

Northern Ireland society has hurdles to overcome too, with views still divided over issues like policing, and a sharply rising crime rate.

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