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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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Achieving Transformational Change1

Achieving Transformational Change1

(p.11) Achieving Transformational Change1
The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland

Sir George Quigley


This chapter examines the role of a ‘third party’ or external agency in areas of conflict. It looks at other areas of conflict to demonstrate the difficulties experienced by all movements turning from violence to exclusively democratic means, particularly that of urging implacable enemies towards compromise. It identifies some key ingredients for success, whether the talks (with a new ceasefire in place) are inclusive of Sinn Féin or are confined to the nine existing participants. The challenge for republicans is whether to continue to espouse dreams that are whole (as dreams can be) or to risk having to accept what is inevitably incomplete reality.

Keywords:   democracy, third parties, dreams, violence, republicans, Sinn Féin

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