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Northern Ireland struggles to put bloody past behind it

The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against restrictions on flying the union flag from Belfast City Hall. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against...more

The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against restrictions on flying the union flag from Belfast City Hall. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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The Union flag is raised to mark the birthday of Prince William's wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge at the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. Riots began last month after a vote by mostly nationalist pro-Irish councillors to end the century-old tradition of flying the British flag from Belfast City Hall every day unleashed the most sustained period of violence in the city for years. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

The Union flag is raised to mark the birthday of Prince William's wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge at the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. Riots began last month after a vote by mostly nationalist pro-Irish councillors to end the...more

The Union flag is raised to mark the birthday of Prince William's wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge at the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. Riots began last month after a vote by mostly nationalist pro-Irish councillors to end the century-old tradition of flying the British flag from Belfast City Hall every day unleashed the most sustained period of violence in the city for years. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against restrictions on flying the union flag from Belfast City Hall. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against...more

The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against restrictions on flying the union flag from Belfast City Hall. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against restrictions on flying the union flag from Belfast City Hall. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against...more

The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against restrictions on flying the union flag from Belfast City Hall. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against restrictions on flying the union flag from Belfast City Hall. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against...more

The Union flag is taken down from the the City Hall in Belfast January 9, 2013. The flag was flown on Wednesday to mark the birthday of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Protests continued in Northern Ireland as loyalists renewed their anger against restrictions on flying the union flag from Belfast City Hall. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
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