Sunningdale : an agreement too soon?

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Title: Sunningdale : an agreement too soon?
Authors: Farren, Sean
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Date: 2007
Abstract: This paper looks at the circumstances lying behind the Sunningdale agreement of 1973, and at the factors associated with its collapse. It argues that the agreement represented significant gains for the nationalist side, and that the unionist leadership was unable to persuade its supporters that it represented gains for them too. Since the most obvious immediate costs were borne by the unionist side, it was there that the brunt of the difficulties in implementing the agreement had to be borne. The agreement thus proved incapable of surviving in the long term: against a backdrop of continuing IRA violence, leaders of the pro-agreement unionist wing were vulnerable to pressure from the broader unionist community, resulting in the collapse of the power-sharing executive in May 1974 following the Ulster Workers’ Council strike.
Funding Details: Other funder
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 80
Copyright (published version): The author, 2007
Keywords: SunningdaleUnionismNationalismUlster Workers Council Strike
Subject LCSH: Northern Ireland--Politics and government--1969-1994
Ireland--Relations--Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland--Relations--Ireland
Peace treaties--Northern Ireland
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Paper presented at the conference “Assessing the Sunningdale Agreement”, Institute for British-Irish Studies, University College, Dublin, 15 June 2006
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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