I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to my family and friends, colleagues and comrades. This book is the culmination of nearly ten years of work. You helped me get through it all and 1 will never forget that.
Special thanks go to my academic advisors, Professor Richard English and Dr Margaret O'Callaghan, for their input and guidance over the course of (most of) this project. I would also like to thank the staff of the School of Politics, international Studies and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast and of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University; I am grateful and privileged to have studied at both of these fine institutions. I am also thankful for the years of feedback, friendship and support from fellow members of the Political Studies Association of Ireland.
Alison Welsby and all those at Liverpool University Press are certainly deserving of my appreciation. Here I would also include those who reviewed my book proposal and later my manuscript. Thank you for your comments and for giving me this chance.
Many other people have given generously of their time and have helped me in many ways – they too deserve a word of thanks. I would especially like to thank the staff of both the Linen Hall Library (Northern Ireland Political Collection) and the Belfast Central Library (Newspaper Collection.) There are also a number of individuals who helped in various ways; these include Margie Bernard, Vincent Doherty, Professor Marianne Elliott, Dr Brian Feeney, Roy Garland, Paddy Logue, Bernadette McAliskey, (p.x) Eamonn McCann, Martha McClelland, Dr Anthony McIntyre, Dr Robbie McVeigh, Ed Moloney, Mary Nelis, Dr Dara O'Hagan, Fergus O'Hare and Dr Terry Robson. My apologies to anyone I have inadvertently left out.
Over the years I have also been encouraged and supported by many outside of the academy. I would like to express my particular thanks to Patrick Quinn and Joanna Misnik (my political mentors), Jane Duffin, Anne O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connor, Martin Finucane, Robin Percival, Pat Ahern, Pat and Sue Ellen Smith, Geordy Austin, Frank Corcoran, the Kissanes, Matt Morrison, Francie Broderick, Noel Cassidy, Scott MX Turner, Diane George, Tom Burke and John O'Connor. Three cheers to the original crew: Kevin Mahoney and Ben Tupper (and Niels, Noah, Kerry, Bob, Elise, Paul, Krissy …). And, of course, thanks to many other friends and fellow activists in Syracuse, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia and my adopted home of Derry. Again, my apologies to anyone I may have left out.
Thanks to all the Rosses and Shanahans on the other side of the pond (y Javi y Pablo aqui) and thank you to Rafael and Mila, my in-laws. And, of course, the biggest thanks go to the women in my life who have helped make this all possible: my (late) great-aunt Bernice (Barnett) Connorton, my mother Kristin (Lyons) Ross and my wife Cristina – my love always.