Ireland is a small island nation, not considered to be part of the United Kingdom. Only Nothern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom. Though many people may not think of Ireland as a hotbed of spies and terrorists, the country's long and bloody conflict between those who wish for the whole of Ireland to be independent and those who want to maintain British rule over Northern Ireland has been a career starter for bombmakers like Fiona Glenanne and Thomas O'Neill, who would both end up practicing their trade abroad. The conflict has at times grown so bad as to attract foreign intervention, though the Irish patriots have not been well-known for their hospitality towards spies.