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The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict$
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Stephen Hopkins

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319426

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319426.001.0001

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Memoir-Writing and Moderation? Ulster Unionists Face the Troubles

Memoir-Writing and Moderation? Ulster Unionists Face the Troubles

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(p.78) Chapter 5 Memoir-Writing and Moderation? Ulster Unionists Face the Troubles
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The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Conflict
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Stephen Hopkins

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846319426.003.0005

This chapter concentrates upon the memoir-writing by members of the Ulster Unionist party, who perceived themselves as moderate, mainstream ‘constitutional’ politicians. During the violent conflict in Northern Ireland, these politicians were frustrated by their impotence; their influence was limited and their voices often ignored. Under ‘direct rule’ from Westminster, unionists were rarely in power, but some did have experience of being in government during the era of devolved government, prior to 1972, when reform might have been possible. The chapter examines in detail the memoir-writing of Terence O’Neill and Brian Faulkner (both Prime Ministers at Stormont, and the inter-relationships between these unionist leaders.

Keywords:   Ulster Unionist Party, Stormont goverment, Terence O’Neill, Brian Faulkner, moderate ‘constitutionalism’

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