Study shows Northern Ireland could return to violence

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A study by UNESCO’s Prof. Mark Brennan and Prof. Pat Dolan has shown that the romanticising of the Troubles in Northern Ireland is contributing to the risk of a return to violence.

Around 40% of Northern Ireland’s population is under the age of 25, which means they have no memory of the Troubles, most of which ended before they were born.

This is leading to a phenomenon known as “loss of memory of harm” with young people being prone to a one-sided view of the conflict and consequently romanticising it.

The paper also revealed that young people in Northern Ireland are more ethnically isolated than their parents generation and live in localities with less diversity, an environment the pair have warned is “ripe for fostering extreme beliefs, actions and violence.”

-Daniel Potter