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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Belfast peace wall finally falls

THE barrier which has divided north Belfast for 20 years is to be opened today.

The metal and concrete structure was put up following sectarian clashes between Catholics and Protestants in a deprived working class area a few miles from the city centre.

It is the latest obstruction to be removed from one of the most divided parts of Northern Ireland.

The barrier will remain open from 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday for three months until a review. It was designed to bar traffic but allow pedestrians through following a spate of killings.

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