The British government and the peace process ; Response to the secretary of state

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Show simple item record Reid, John Dorr, Noel 2010-07-28T15:30:34Z 2010-07-28T15:30:34Z Tthe authors, 2001 en 2001
dc.identifier.issn 1649-0304
dc.description Text of a lecture presented as part of the seminar series “Institu-tion building and the peace process: the challenge of implementation”, organised jointly by the Conference of University Rectors in Ireland and the Institute for Brit-ish-Irish Studies. The lecture was presented in UCD on 8 November 2001. This document also contains an edited version of the response to the lecture. en
dc.description.abstract One of the lessons to be drawn from the history of Northern Ireland is the need for unionists to be involved in the peace process: unionist opponents of the agreement, however sincere, are only undermining the long term interests of unionism. Even those who oppose the administration are governed by it, and it would be a needless tragedy if a disaffected nationalist community was replaced by a disaffected unionist community. The Catholic community once felt disaffected, but the civil rights movement gave it a more assertive voice. The civil unrest of these early years culminated in the Sunningdale agreement of 1973, which anticipated several of the key provisions of the 1998 settlement; but this agreement collapsed in the face of unionist opposition. An improved British-Irish relationship in the 1980s and 1990s permitted two fundamental principles to gain widespread acceptance: those of consent, and of the equal validity of nationalist and unionist aspirations. The Good Friday agreement, representative of a wide range of parties and interests, incorporated these principles and provided a detailed blueprint for the future. Major strides towards its full implementation have already been undertaken, and, while the agreement might not have provided a final solution, it has provided a framework within which the people of Northern Ireland can themselves arrive at an accommodation en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies en
dc.relation.ispartofseries IBIS Working Papers en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 14 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Institution building and the peace process: the challenge of implementation Lecture Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 3 en
dc.subject Britain en
dc.subject Northern Ireland en
dc.subject Unionism en
dc.subject Peace Process en
dc.subject.lcsh Northern Ireland--Politics and government--1969- en
dc.subject.lcsh Peace-building--Northern Ireland en
dc.title The British government and the peace process ; Response to the secretary of state en
dc.title.alternative Response to the secretary of state en
dc.type Working Paper en
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dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Reid|John|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Dorr|Noel|aut| en
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