Just wondering what you guys think of the continued riots across the North of Ireland. July 12th marked the anniversary Of the Protestant King Billy's victory (with a Dutch army) over the Catholic King James II (with an English/Irish army) in what's now known as the Republic of Ireland. This happened in 1690. Every year since, the protestant Orange Order of Northern Ireland have marched through Catholic enclaves with Union Flags banging Lambeg drums singing songs such as God Save The Queen and Fuck The Pope. The 11th of July is famous for bonfire building and these guys are pretty good at it http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2359557/Catholic-King-James-defeat-celebrated-huge-Tyre-mountains-Belfast.html The 12th is the day for marching and here lies the contention. In order to march down any street, the marchers must gain written permission from the authorities, 99% of the time the authorities say No, it's Catholic enclave and all you are doing is inciting a riot so march down a different street. Appeals are more or less fruitless but every year the marchers try to gain entry down the streets they have been prohibited from. Police and army mount road blocks and every year sure as night follows day there are weeks of riots between the orange order and the army/police. Cars and houses burned, catholic schools and churches also torched. Most of the Catholics by the way are out of town on holiday for the two week marching season. Orangemen exploded four bombs tonight and hundreds of petrol bombs with scores of police and army injured. I could cite lots of news sites for you references but could be accused of bias so please, if your news channel hasn't picked this up, please google July 12th Belfast. I am wondering, as we approach the 20th anniversary of the last IRA bomb, 15/16th for loyalist/orange bombs, how are the rest of world viewing Ireland now, if at all.