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Building Peace in Northern Ireland$
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Maria Power

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316593

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316739

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Loyalism and Peacebuilding in the 2000s1

Loyalism and Peacebuilding in the 2000s1

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Building Peace in Northern Ireland

Joana Etchart

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores peacebuilding initiatives launched at the grassroots level by loyalists in the 2000s. It also examines their effect on the community, as well as their strengths and weaknessses. The examples of Ulster Defence Association (UDA)'s and Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)'s engagement in peacebuilding revealed that it is the rapprochement between loyalist paramilitary leaders and community activists that has enabled the former to engage in a ‘structural’ process to modify their modes of action and organisation. The East Antrim Conflict Transformation Forum (EACTF) addressed local needs impacting loyalist communities. The Standing Northern Ireland Peacebuilding Process (SNIPP) tried to end the sectarian conflict and its causes. As tools for change, EACTF and SNIPP could be considered as overoptimistic and dismissed as utopian. Generally speaking, the study of the loyalist peace initiatives elucidates some of the main shortcomings of the policy-making and peacebuilding frameworks in Northern Ireland.

Keywords:   peacebuilding, loyalist peace initiatives, community, Ulster Defence Association, Ulster Volunteer Force, East Antrim Conflict Transformation Forum, Standing Northern Ireland Peacebuilding Process, Northern Ireland

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