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Policing in Northern IrelandDelivering the New Beginning?$
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Desmond Rea and Robin Masefield

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381502

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381502.001.0001

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Policing in its Historical and Political Context

Policing in its Historical and Political Context

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(p.7) Chapter One Policing in its Historical and Political Context
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Policing in Northern Ireland
Author(s):

Desmond Rea

Robin Masefield

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381502.003.0002

This chapter provides essential context by describing the origins of Northern Ireland and its Police. It begins with the Partition of Ireland in 1921 and the creation of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) as the police force for Northern Ireland. It summarises key events during the Troubles from 1969 onwards, setting out not just the scale of the casualties but also their recognised attribution, noting that 58% of those who died did so at the hands of Republican paramilitary groups. It chronicles developments in the Peace Process, including documents drawn up by the British and Irish Governments, and talks with the political parties, leading to the historic Belfast Agreement of 10 April 1998.

Keywords:   Partition, Royal Ulster Constabulary, Troubles, Peace Process, Political Process, Belfast or Good Friday Agreement

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