The Wasteland 12

© By Anthony Davies

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A scene from a political march in Belfast. The crowd is made up of Ulster Unionists. They are gathered together to protest the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement that took place in 1985. In the background one of the Unionist protesters holds a placard with an image of Margaret Thatcher on it. Towards the foreground a young boy stands facing a politician who is making a speech.

The Anglo-Irish Agreement was signed by the Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The agreement laid out new plans that gave the government from the Republic of Ireland the ability to advise on the manner in which Northern Ireland was governed. It also agreed that Northern Ireland would remain part of the United Kingdom unless the majority of the people voted to join the Republic.

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From the Collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.