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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 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.
This episode focuses on 1992. The year starts badly when an IRA bomb kills seven protestant builders at Teebane crossroads. In the following month an off-duty RUC officer shoots three people dead at a Sinn Fein office before killing himself. Two days later the UDA kill five people at a betting office on the Ormeau Road.
This episode focuses on 1995. The IRA and Loyalist ceasefires are still in place but the "peace process" is stalled over the issue of decommissioning. The government insists that the IRA must begin decommissioning its weapons before Sinn Fein can take part in all-party talks. Meanwhile, Orange parades have become a source of tension and violent confrontation on the Lower Ormeau Road and most spectacularly at Drumcree.
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