Protestants, Catholics share power in Northern Ireland.


Bitter religious enemies in Northern Ireland have entered into a historic power-sharing agreement in a region that has seen decades of deadly sectarian strife.

In early May, the Rev. Ian Paisley, head of the predominantly Protestant political party, the Democratic Unionists, and Martin McGuinness, of the largely Catholic party, Sinn Fein, were sworn in as leaders of the Northern Ireland executive government. Paisley is the prime minister and McGuinness is the deputy leader.

Both men, once fierce enemies, acknowledged the bloodshed that reportedly took more than 3,000 lives, known as the Troubles, in their...

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