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Plans unveiled to tear down wall separating Catholics, Protestants in Belfast

DUBLIN — Northern Ireland hopes to tear down the so-called ‘‘peace lines’’ of Belfast — dozens of walls of brick, steel, and barbed wire that divide Irish Catholic and British Protestant neighborhoods — within a decade, officials said Thursday. But the deadline of 2023 is a sign of how difficult the task will be.

The government unveiled the goal as part of plans to reduce divisions in what remains a profoundly polarized society 15 years after the Good Friday peace accord.

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