The World: Northern Ireland: The Powder Keg

WATCHING Ulster's troubles is like watching a whole country slide down the drain before your eyes," said a despairing official of Northern Ireland's beleaguered government. "It's like sitting on a powder keg. Things are out of control and we're helpless to do anything." Last week a new man was perched atop the powder keg. Former Minister of Development Brian Faulkner, 50, was named to replace James Chichester-Clark as the sixth Prime Minister in Ulster's 50-year history—and the third in the past 23 stormy months. He could also be the last, unless he is...

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