Pan-nationalism: Explaining the Irish Government's role in the Northern Ireland peace process, 1992-98

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Abstract

This article examines the role which the Irish Government and, in particular, Fianna Féil played in the Northern Ireland peace process in the years 1992-98. The article demonstrates that that role did not emanate from the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985 but instead was directed by commitments made to a pan-nationalist alliance involving the SDLP and Sinn Féin. The article offers a reassessment of the significance of Anglo-Irish relations to the peace process and argues that favourable Anglo-Irish relations only emerged in late 1997. Thus the article challenges the tendency to concentrate on Anglo-Irish relations, at the expense of pan-nationalism, in explaining the motivations of the Irish government during this period of the peace process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-245
Number of pages23
JournalContemporary British History
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007

Keywords

  • Anglo-Irish Relations
  • Fianna Fáil
  • Irish Government
  • Northern Ireland Peace Process
  • Pan-Nationalism
  • Sinn Féin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Development
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations

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