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Truth Recovery in Northern IrelandCritically Interpreting the Past$
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Kirk Simpson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719078620

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719078620.001.0001

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The conflict in Northern Ireland: A contextual and thematic analysis

The conflict in Northern Ireland: A contextual and thematic analysis

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(p.8) 1 The conflict in Northern Ireland: A contextual and thematic analysis
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Truth Recovery in Northern Ireland
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Kirk Simpson

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719078620.003.0002

This chapter provides a glimpse of the often muscular, politically motivated, and envenomed disagreement that dominates discourse on truth and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. It is immediately apparent that this cannot support feasible consensus on the past, which is arguably necessary to the sustaining of devolved government and continued peace, much less offer any form of psychological or emotional analgesic to victims of political violence. Fractured and competing versions of the past in Northern Ireland are also ineffective ways of resolving political and social discordance, and are merely reiterations of the conflict, albeit non-violent ones. Partisan histories must not be allowed to act as expedient substitutes for heuristic methods of dealing with the past.

Keywords:   truth, reconciliation, Northern Ireland, political violence, partisan history

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