In May 1921 Ireland was split into two by the Government of Ireland act. We join Feargal Cochrane (Northern Ireland: the Fragile Peace) and The Times Red Box Editor Patrick McGuire in this illuminating discussion, taking the audience back to the creation of Northern Ireland. After two decades of relative peace following the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the EU referendum in 2016 reopened the Northern Ireland question and was swiftly followed by the collapse of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive, between 2017 and 2020. We reflect on the country’s troubled history, asking what the future holds for this divided nation and its people. Chaired by Manveen Rana.

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