The United States of America and Northern Ireland

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Torture in Northern Ireland

December 15, 2014

Author:
Andrew Sanders

On the ninth and tenth of August 1971, the British Army enacted Operation Demetrius.  This was a mass arrest and internment operation that saw nearly two thousand people imprisoned without trial for suspected membership of and involvement paramilitary organisations.  It had worked with some success during Operation Harvest, the IRA’s so-called “Border Campaign” of 1956-1962…

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The death of Ian Paisley

September 12, 2014

Author:
Andrew Sanders

 

In the 1964 UK General Election, the Republican Clubs stood candidate Billy, also known as Liam, McMillen as an Independent Republican for the Belfast West seat.  McMillen would become a hugely significant figure in the Official Republican Movement after the 1969-1970 split in the republican movement, but only achieved 3,256 votes in 1964, squeezed out…

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Gerry Adams Arrest: Where now for the peace process?

May 03, 2014

Author:
Andrew Sanders

In January 1972, Arthur McConville died of cancer, leaving his wife Jean to care for their ten children.  Born Jean Murray to a Protestant family in the Avoniel area of East Belfast, she converted to Catholicism to marry Arthur.  The McConville's…

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Richard Haass talks: does the US still have a helpful role to play in Northern Ireland?

December 17, 2013

Author:
Andrew Sanders

The team led by former US Envoy to Northern Ireland Dr Richard Haass is expected to deliver its proposals for the future of Northern Ireland this week.  Haass was appointed in July as the independent chair of an all-party group set up to bring forward a series of recommendations on the most divisive issues in contemporary Northern Ireland.  In particular, it sought to tackle the issue of flags, parades and protests and the issue of dealing with the past.

Haass suggested that…

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The concept of truth and Northern Ireland's problems in "dealing with the past"

November 06, 2013

Author:
Andrew Sanders

The concept of truth and Northern Ireland's problems in "dealing with the past"

 

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