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On this date in 1921, the Irish Free State was created when Ireland’s 26 southern counties were granted independence from Britain. Six of the eight Protestant-majority counties of Ulster remained part of the United Kingdom, known as Northern Ireland.

Eventually, “the Troubles” (Na Triobl√≥id√≠ in the Irish language) that emerged from this political partition lasted decades and caused the deaths of more than 3,500 people.

A mural in Derry depicting a young boy in a gas mask holding a petrol bomb during the Battle of the Bogside on Free Derry Corner.

What is your opinion about whether national borders are worth such a cost – and whether borders might be worth less or more.

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