Analysing the development of bipartisanship in the Dáil : the interaction of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil party politics on the Irish government policy on Northern Ireland

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dc.contributor.author McDermott, Susan
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-19T13:37:59Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-19T13:37:59Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2410
dc.description Prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the Specialist Group on British and Comparative Territorial Politics of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, University of Oxford, 7-8 January 2010 en
dc.description.abstract This paper analyses the relationship between the two main parties in the Irish party system when dealing with the Northern Ireland question. Taking the Sunningdale Communiqué as a starting point, the paper argues that while aspirations for bipartisanship in the Dáil on this issue existed within the leadership of both parties at various times during the conflict, that the difference in approach and fundamental difference in ideology of party leaders meant that bipartisanship was not achieved until consensus on key issues was reached in the mid-1990s. This paper argues that analysing whether bipartisanship existed at various points in the conflict relates to the understanding of the role of the Irish party politics on the British-Irish relationship and the development of the peace process. This paper was written as part of the Breaking the patterns of conflict project being undertaken in the Institute for British-Irish Studies, UCD. The study of Irish party politics and the role of bipartisanship aims to fit into this wider project, which examines the determinants on the changing British-Irish relationship. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies en
dc.relation.ispartofseries IBIS Discussion Papers : Breaking the Patterns of Conflict Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 7 en
dc.rights Preliminary draft, not for citation en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Northern Ireland en
dc.subject Fianna Fáil en
dc.subject Fine Gael en
dc.subject Conflict en
dc.subject Dáil en
dc.subject.lcsh Political parties--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Fianna Fáil en
dc.subject.lcsh Fine Gael en
dc.subject.lcsh Ireland--Politics and government en
dc.title Analysing the development of bipartisanship in the Dáil : the interaction of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil party politics on the Irish government policy on Northern Ireland en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor McDermott|Susan|aut| en
dc.description.admin au, ti - TS 30/07/10 en


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