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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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A new Ireland in a new Europe

A new Ireland in a new Europe

(p.193) 11 A new Ireland in a new Europe
John Hume and the Revision of Irish Nationalism

P. J. McLoughlin

Manchester University Press

John Hume was deeply influenced by the actual ideology of European integration. His pro-Europeanism, and the questions that his critics have raised about this, both have relevance to nationalism. The Good Friday Agreement (GFA) provides a political framework within which nationalists in both parts of Ireland can co-operate with unionists and, through this, gradually build more positive relations. Hume was using the European model to try to move the thinking of all parties to the conflict away from absolutist notions of political sovereignty, to encourage thoughts of constitutional compromise, and thus to aid the infant peace process. The GFA does provide the basis for the development of a society that is more tolerant and plural, and, ultimately, where national identity need not be a cause of conflict. In his contribution to the GFA, Hume has helped to create a situation in which such an Ireland can emerge.

Keywords:   John Hume, Good Friday Agreement, nationalism, Ireland, European model, peace process, national identity

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