From conflict to consensus : the legacy of the Good Friday Agreement the British-Irish and European Contexts

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Title: From conflict to consensus : the legacy of the Good Friday Agreement the British-Irish and European Contexts
Authors: Meehan, Elizabeth M.
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Date: 2009
Online since: 2010-08-19T15:25:04Z
Abstract: Since the EU is relevant to the Good Friday Agreement as a whole, the paper starts by touching upon how it both facilitated the Agreement and, yet, also hindered Strand 2 (North-South relations). Strand 3 (the British-Irish context) was itself a means of overcoming obstacles in the other strands. It involved few major obstacles but the paper outlines those that there were. It discusses the British Irish Inter-Governmental Conference and the British Irish Council. It also discusses two networks that are not part of the Agreement but are part of east-west relations: the Joint Ministerial Committee system and the British Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body. In conclusion, the paper sets the Agreement in the context of the overall programme of devolution in the UK. It is argued that this, combined with the displacement of the UUP by the DUP, could either problematize Strand 3 or enhance its significance for Northern Ireland and in overall east-west relations.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 83
Copyright (published version): The author, 2009
Keywords: European UnionIrelandGood Friday AgreementBelfast AgreementGreat BritainNorthern Ireland
Subject LCSH: European Union--Influence
Great Britain. Treaties, etc. Ireland, 1998 Apr. 10
Ireland--Relations--Great Britain
Great Britain--Relations--Ireland
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Paper presented at the conference “From Conflict to Consensus: The Legacy of the Good Friday Agreement”, Institute for British-Irish Studies, University College, Dublin, 3 April 2008
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers
Politics and International Relations Research Collection

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