The Challenges

A key challenge was to establish parameters for exploring a conflict, the very nature of which is it-self contested. 
 
  • For some it was seen as a terrorist campaign waged by the IRA against the forces of law and order
  • For others a conflict between two warring tribes with the forces of law and order caught in the middle
  • And for yet others a guerrilla war waged by the IRA against the presence of Britain as malign occupying power

  • In addition the violence has entrenched these perspectives, increased community polarisation and to varying degrees left individuals and communities locked into perspectives formed, or deepened, in conflict.