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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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A Case-Study of Memoir-Writing and the Elusive Search for a Political Settlement

A Case-Study of Memoir-Writing and the Elusive Search for a Political Settlement

The 1974 Power-Sharing Executive and Sunningdale

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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/9781846319426.003.0007

This chapter considers the short-lived power-sharing devolved Executive in Northern Ireland (which was in office from January to May 1974), and the memoir-writing devoted to it. This has been written by UUP and SDLP Ministers in the administration (Brian Faulkner, Paddy Devlin, Austin Currie, and Basil McIvor), as well as by civil servants who were closely engaged in this constitutional experiment (Kenneth Bloomfield and Maurice Hayes). In addition the memoirs of British Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland of the period are also studied (William Whitelaw and Merlyn Rees). The chapter deals with the frustrations and recriminations over the demise of the Executive, and the inadequate response to the Ulster Workers’ Council strike of May 1974.

Keywords:   Devolved government, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Ulster Workers’ Council, Brian Faulkner, Paddy Devlin, Austin Currie, Basil McIvor, Maurice Hayes, Kenneth Bloomfield

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