Northern Ireland: Fresh Pain

Elections offer little hope

It was not a promising start. As Protestants and Catholics alike prepared to cast their ballots for a new assembly in Northern Ireland last week, a streak of violence marred the occasion. David Wright, 61, was teaching a class of ten-year-olds in the border town of Newry when a man burst through the door, unwrapped a sawed-off shotgun, and shot Wright twice in the chest. The Irish National Liberation Army, a Marxist splinter group of the outlawed pro-Catholic Irish Republican Army, claimed responsibility for the attack. The next day James Molyneaux, leader of the Protestant Official...

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