Good Friday Agreement
What Post-Conflict Ireland is Like for Young People

Young people of Northern Ireland talk on what it is like for them to grow up in their post-conflict communities after the Good Friday Agreement was enforced on December 2, 1999. The agreement established Northern Ireland’s current devolved government within the United Kingdom (UK) following the ethno-nationalist conflict in the region between loyalists and Irish nationalists–loyalists wanting to have Northern Ireland be part of the UK and nationalists wanted to created a united Ireland and leave the UK. The group discusses how the Good Friday Agreement has not improved conditions in many Northern Ireland communities because the conflict has left behind persisting problems such as unemployment and a lack of good political leaders: “We have a thing called ‘recreational rioting,’ which is rioting for fun. We have nothing else to do…”

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Submitted by: Virginia Choi
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