>Maybe I'm a little young, or perhaps I just don't get enough Irish news
>in Iowa, but what is the internment?
Internment is imprisonment without trial. It was used in the Republic
during WWII when Allied and German military personnel, usually airmen and
sailors, landed in Ireland. They were interned in the Curragh military camp
for the duration of the war.
More recently, internment was introduced in Northern Ireland, about 1970
(I'm not sure of the exact date), when suspected terrorists and/or
sympathisers were rounded up and interned, some for five or six years.