ByTom Lovett, Chris Clarke, Avila Kilmurray
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By the beginning of the 1980’s, despite the growth and activity of community groups during the previous decade, neither the ‘national’ question nor the enormous social and economic problems facing the working class in Northern Ireland, are any nearer solution. In many respects the situation has worsened. Industrial decline continues at an alarming rate creating a situation where it is realistic to talk about the de-industrialisation of the Province. Unemployment and poverty have become the lot of an ever increasing section of the population, making Northern Ireland one of the poorest and most deprived regions in western Europe.