The United States of America and Northern Ireland

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"The Peace We Have Now is Due To The Actions of the IRA"

September 14, 2015

Author:
Andrew Sanders

The above comment was made by new shadow Chancellor John McDonnell back in May 2003, as reported in the Guardian.

In late May 2003, Labour MP John McDonnell attended a gathering to commemorate Bobby Sands who died on 5 May 1981 during the Irish republican hunger strike in the Maze prison just outside Lisburn.  Sands…

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They haven't gone away, have they?

September 10, 2015

Author:
Andrew Sanders

Gerard Davison was a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who was shot dead in May 2015 as he walked into a community centre in the Markets, a republican area close to Belfast city centre.

Davison was from strong republican stock and rose to prominence during the  latter years of the IRA campaign.  Significantly, he was alleged to have been present in…

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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 and its implementation north and south of the border seriously hindered the ability of the republicans…

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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 by Republican Labour candidate Harry Diamond, who finished second to the Ulster Unionist James Kilfedder,…

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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 had moved into the Divis area of West Belfast in 1969 after being intimidated out of their home by loyalists.…

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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 the Irish tricolour could fly over Stormont alongside the flag of the United Kingdom on certain occasions…

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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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Gerry Kelly and the Shankill Bomb: Sensitivity Needed

October 20, 2013

Author:
Andrew Sanders

 

The Shankill Road was always at the centre of the Northern Ireland troubles.  It saw the first murders of the Ulster Volunteer Force's 1966 campaign.  After the arrival of the British Army in 1969, it was quickly separated from the predominantly nationalist Falls Road by the persistent peace wall.  It was itself divided between loyalist paramilitary groups, with its lower and upper sections being predominantly Ulster Defence…

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The United States and Northern Ireland: Online Archive

August 15, 2013

Author:
Andrew Sanders

Northern Ireland: Another March, Another Protest

August 12, 2013

Author:
Andrew Sanders

This weekend saw a number of parades take place as Northern Ireland's ever-contentious marching season begins to draw to a close.  It was particularly unfortunate that so many parades should coincide on the same weekend.

Friday night saw serious trouble flare in central Belfast as a demonstration was staged against a republican parade to mark the anniversary of the introduction of internment without trial in 1971.  The BBC reported that…

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