FILE - In this Aug. 27, 1979 file photo, workers lift an unidentified body from a small boat in Mullaghmore harbor after an explosion aboard a fishing boat killed Earl Mountbatten and two other people... more 
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 1979 file photo, workers lift an unidentified body from a small boat in Mullaghmore harbor after an explosion aboard a fishing boat killed Earl Mountbatten and two other people in Ireland. Mountbatten was setting out on a fishing trip with a family party when the boat exploded at Donegal Bay. The bomb was planted by the Irish Republican Army. Britain and Ireland joined the European Economic Community in 1973 and, that year, struck a peacemaking treaty on Northern Ireland. It created a Catholic-Protestant government pledged to cooperate with the Irish Republic. The coalition faced opposition both from most Protestants, who didn’t want to share power with the Irish minority, and the Provisional IRA, which wanted Northern Ireland overthrown, not reformed. Power-sharing collapsed in May 1974 as Protestant hard-liners brought Northern Ireland to a blacked-out standstill and detonated four no-warning car bombs in the Irish Republic, killing 33 civilians, the deadliest attack of the entire conflict. Years of military attrition followed, marked by the IRA’s 1979 killing of Lord Mountbatten, the queen’s cousin, and by a 1981 prison hunger strike that left 10 Irish republicans dead. (AP Photo, File) less 
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