Kicking against the bricks: Belfast's peace walls

The are one of the last obstacles to normalisation of life in the North – but proving far harder to remove than they were to erect

30th August, 2015
A gate in a peace wall, built just after the IRA ceasefire in 1994, links the Protestant and Catholic communities around Alexandra Park. Picture: Press Eye

‘The Berlin Wall had to come down for Berlin to be normalised. We have normalised Belfast without taking down the walls,” says Jonny Byrne, a lecturer in politics at the University of Ulster.

While the continuing existence of the Provisional IRA has been the political hot topic of the week on both sides of the border, in much of Belfast the “peace walls” remain a far more pervasive reminder of the violence of...

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