image: A soldier stands in front of a wall covered with graffitti in Northern Ireland. The image is formed in pieces like
a jigsaw puzzle, and some of these pieces are missing.
text: For the full picture you'll need 'The Times'. The more you think about it, the more you need 'The Times'.
1972 was marked by a number of serious events in Ulster and a death toll of almost 500 from the 'Troubles', its highest
to date. The 'Bloody Sunday' shootings by the British Paratroopers at a public rally on 30 January resulted in enormous political
repercussions with the nationist population withdrawing from public life. It also sparked a series of violent retaliatory attacks. At the
end of March, Direct Rule from Westminster was introduced. Violence reached a peak with the IRA 'Bloody Friday' bombings.
It was against this backdrop that The Times Newspaper presented itself as an active and independent judge and witness.