NORTHERN IRELAND: Rise of the Moderates

"You had the Unionists with a penny in every pond and the Catholics who simply boycotted everything," declared Phyllis Kerr, a canvasser for Northern Ireland's moderate Alliance Party last week. "There just had to be a day when something came cracking down the middle." That day may finally be dawning in Ulster politics. After four years of violence, more and more people seem to be coming around to the belief that a strong political center—something that has seldom existed in Northern Ireland—could heal the wounds created by religious polarization.

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