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Series looking at key years in the history of Northern Ireland accompanied by the thumping chart hits of the time.
This week Pop Goes Northern Ireland focuses on 1976. This is one of the worst years of violence during the Troubles, and the year starts with a litany of sectarian assassinations, most notably the Kingsmill Massacre. In a final effort to seek agreement on a government for Northern Ireland the government recalls the Constitutional Convention, but it fails to reach any agreement. The government moves toward a policy of 'Ulsterisation', putting the RUC and the UDR increasingly in the frontline and reducing the role of the army. In August, one incident involving the killing of the three Maguire children sparks mass protests against violence and the creation of the peace people. However, the initial euphoria that the movement will bring peace to Northern Ireland soon evaporates.
This week Pop Goes Northern Ireland focuses on 1984. The violence continues across Northern Ireland and March sees the attempted murder of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, who is shot by the UDA. May brings the publication of the New Ireland Forum report, which advocates a United Ireland but also suggests a federal Ireland, or joint authority, over Northern Ireland by the Irish and British governments.
This week Pop Goes Northern Ireland focuses on 1987. Unionists continue their campaign against the Anglo-Irish Agreement, launching a petition demanding a NI referendum. A feud breaks out between the INLA and breakaway faction the IPLO, which costs the lives of 13 people. The funerals of IRA men are marked by confrontation between mourners and the RUC, who are trying to prevent paramilitary displays. Lord Justice Gibson is the victim of an IRA bomb attack and eight IRA men are killed by the SAS during an attack on Loughgall RUC station.
This week Pop Goes Northern Ireland focuses on 1990. The year starts with secretary of state for NI Peter Brooke calling for all-party talks. The Stevens Inquiry's offices are destroyed by fire and the Stevens team continues with its work uncovering collusion between the security forces and loyalist paramilitaries.
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