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John Hume and the Revision of Irish Nationalism$
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P. J. McLoughlin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079566

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079566.001.0001

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John Hume and the Revision of Irish Nationalism

P. J. McLoughlin

Manchester University Press

The influence of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) suggested the party's strengthened position in the aftermath of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. John Hume's secret discussions with Gerry Adams aimed at bringing an end to the Irish Republican Army (IRA)'s campaign of violence, and at drawing republicans into the political process. The Downing Street Declaration (DSD) was directed towards the same end as the Hume-Adams talks, namely an IRA ceasefire. In the DSD, the British government studiously avoided any commitment to becoming persuaders for Irish unity. The ‘Americans for a New Irish Agenda’ were supportive of Sinn Féin rather than the SDLP, and pushed one idea in particular: that Adams be given a visa allowing him to visit the US. The TUAS document clearly signalled a significant change in republican strategy. The IRA ceasefire of August 1994 is finally explored.

Keywords:   SDLP, Anglo-Irish Agreement, John Hume, Gerry Adams, Irish Republican Army, Downing Street Declaration, British government, New Irish Agenda, TUAS

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