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What are the main differences between nationalist's republicans and loyalists unionists in Northern Ireland?

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September 13, 2011 8:42PM

main difference is identity/allegiance/culture etc/ -- nationalists see themselves as Irish, overwhelmingly catholic, Gaelic in culture and aspiring to a united Ireland. unionists see themselves as british, giving allegiance to the queen, remaining part of the UK etc. also the issue of what areas "belong" to each side is very contentious. as populations change and shift even an area as small as a street can be contested between both sides.