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Cracks exposed at heart of Northern Irish peace by 'cash-for-ash' scandal

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January 10, 2017 - 7:39pm

By Amanda Ferguson BELFAST (Reuters) - After a decade of bitter compromises over paramilitaries and policing, Northern Ireland's power-sharing government finally fell apart this week over the abuse by farmers of a green-energy grant to burn fuels such as wood pellets instead of coal. The confrontation has exposed a growing rupture in trust between Catholic Irish nationalists and pro-British Protestant unionists whose cooperation underpins the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement that ended three decades of bloodshed. While there is no sign of a return to violence that killed 3,600 people, the



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