Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement – level 2

20-04-2018 07:00

From 1968 to 1998, there was a conflict in Northern Ireland. One side, the Unionists, wanted to keep Northern Ireland a part of Britain.

The other side, the Nationalists, wanted Northern Ireland to become one with the Republic of Ireland. The British government put in a new government to bring peace, but instead, paramilitary groups started a war to try to make Britain leave. Around 3,500 people died in the fighting.

In the 1990s, both sides saw that the war was not going to stop and started peace talks. Both governments of Ireland signed a deal on April 10, 1998, Good Friday.

Difficult words: conflict (a long fight), paramilitary (a group of people who are part of an unofficial military).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

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