1973 - 1998
Despite efforts to bring about a resolution to the conflict during the 1970s and 80s, terrorist violence continued to be a problem into the early 90s, and British troops remained in full force. More than 3,000 people have died as a result of the strife in Northern Ireland.
General elections held in 1997 in Britain brought Labour to power under the leadership of Tony Blair with a huge parliamentary majority – the new Government did not need Unionist support. In Ireland, Bertie Aherne became Taoiseach. Both men were determined to finally solve the situation in Northern Ireland.
The IRA announced another ceasefire and peace talks began.