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The Macbride Principles: Irish America Strikes Back

Kevin McNamara


The MacBride Principles contained nine affirmative action proposals aimed at eliminating religious discrimination in the employment practices of United States corporations with subsidiaries in Northern Ireland. The weapon used by the MacBride campaigners was the federal constitution of the United States. States and cities in the Union could pass their own corporate legislation incorporating the MacBride Principles and use their pension fund investments to table shareholder resolutions seeking the Principles' inclusion in employment policies. Later developments saw their application to US and f ... More

Keywords: MacBride Principles, religious discrimination, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, United States, employment policy, Congress, Irish-America, social justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781846312175
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315893


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin McNamara, author