Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 February 2016

224 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719099762

Bookseller Code (06)

Template for peace

Northern Ireland, 1972-75

Shaun McDaid

Published by Manchester University Press

  • 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1975 Provisional IRA ceasefire and the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention, which are discussed in the book
  • A sustained analysis of the socio-economic policies of the Northern Ireland parties during this period, based on archival sources
  • Argues that there was more consistency in the Northern Ireland policies of the Labour and Conservative governments than has hitherto been appreciated
  • Challenges the view that the power-sharing experiment can be seen as a 'lost peace process' - it was only a template for the current, on-going settlement in the region
  • Contrary to some accounts, it shows that Irish government and the SDLP were by no means united on policy
  • Demonstrates the improvement in cross-border security co-operation when the Fine Gael/Labour coalition government took office in 1973
  • Now available in paperback, an in-depth analysis of the creation and collapse of the power-sharing Executive
  • Shows that the Irish government did not intend to use the Sunningdale Council of Ireland to achieve Irish unity

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