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'Towards a lasting peace'?: the Northern Ireland multi-party agreement, referendum and Assembly elections of 1998

Doyle, John (1998) 'Towards a lasting peace'?: the Northern Ireland multi-party agreement, referendum and Assembly elections of 1998. Scottish Affairs, 1998 (25). pp. 1-20. ISSN 0966-0356

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The agreement signed by the Irish and British governments and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland on 10th April 1998 (Good Friday) was a truly historic step. The agreement itself marks the most significant shift in party political positions since the partition of Ireland. This, coupled with the fact that the agreement is open-ended, and indeed under its provisions must develop beyond what is already agreed to survive means that an analysis of the evolution of party political attitudes which led to this agreement is essential in order to understand its significance. The following article gives a brief summary of the key provisions of the agreement, analyses the processes which led the different parties towards a position where agreement was possible and examines the referenda which ratified the agreement North and South and election results to the new Northern Ireland Assembly - the public's first opportunities to pass judgement on the efforts of their politicians.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Northern Ireland; Good Friday Agreement; Peace; Northern Ireland Assembly;
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Institute of Governance, The University of Edinburgh
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ID Code:531
Deposited On:02 Sep 2008 14:35 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 08 Apr 2010 14:12

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