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'The Troubles': Northern Ireland 1968-1998 - theme 10

The Peace Process
 
Documents:
 
IRA Ceasefire Statement 31 August 1994.
Combined Loyalist Military Command Statement, 13 October 1994.
IRA Ceasefire Statement, 19 July 1997.
 
Questions:

When did the peace process begin?
What have been the main obstacles to the promotion of peace in Northern Ireland?
What efforts have been made since the 1970s to bring about peace in Northern Ireland?
What role have individuals such as John Hume, Gerry Adams, played in the Peace Process?
What has been the involvement of the British and Irish governments in the peace process?
Why did the IRA and the loyalist paramilitaries declare a ceasefire?
Why did the IRA ceasefire collapse?
What has been the role of America in the peace process?
Why is decommissioning such an issue in the peace process?
What obstacles continue to face the peace process?
 
Reading:
 
Adams, Gerry, Between Hope and History: Making Peace in Ireland (Dingle, 2003).
Bew, P. and G. Gillespie, The Northern Ireland Peace Process 1993-1996: A Chronology (London, 1996).
Gilligan, C and J. Tonge (eds.), Peace or War? Understanding the Peace Process in Northern Ireland (Aldershot, 1997).
Maille, E. and D. McKittrick, The Fight for Peace: The Secret Story of the Irish Peace Process (London, 1996).
Mitchell, Senator George, The Road to Peace (London, 1999).
Stewart, Paul, ‘The Good Friday Agreement, the decommissioning of IRA weapons and the Unionist veto’, in Capital & Class, 69, (Autumn, 1999), pp1-25.