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The Long Road to Peace in Northern IrelandPeace Lectures from the Institute of Irish Studies at Liverpool University$
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Marianne Elliott

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310652

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314155

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The Good Friday Agreement: A Vision for a New Order in Northern Ireland1

The Good Friday Agreement: A Vision for a New Order in Northern Ireland1

(p.119) The Good Friday Agreement: A Vision for a New Order in Northern Ireland1
The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland

Peter Mandelson


This chapter presents a speech by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Mandelson. He acknowledged the similarities between the Good Friday Agreement and Sunningdale, but challenged those who pessimistically thought that the former might go the same way as the latter. The lessons of Sunningdale's collapse had been learnt. The Good Friday Agreement is ‘a broader, deeper, fairer Agreement … It recognizes that everyone who has been a party to the conflict must be a party to its resolution’. The chapter outlines the part that each grouping was playing in its implementation, welcoming to the Democratic Unionist Party's participation in the executive, despite its opposition to the process itself.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, Peter Mandelson, peace process, Sunningdale, Democratic Unionist Party

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