Miserably cold and damp, the Maze prison’s now-empty wards echo with the long, tortured history of Northern Ireland’s “Troubles.” The infamous prison where Irish Republican Army hunger strikers died has been shut down for the last three years. But even as three decades of sectarian violence fade into memory, the Maze is once again in the center of a struggle. Only this time, the struggle is within the power-sharing government created by the 1998 Good Friday pact, and the struggle is over what place this institution should take in a new Northern Ireland. Should the 350-acre prison complex be the site of a new sports stadium, as private investors have proposed, or should the old warren of cellblocks be enshrined as a museum to commemorate the Troubles? Full Story
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