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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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An agreed Ireland

An agreed Ireland

(p.81) 5 An agreed Ireland
John Hume and the Revision of Irish Nationalism

P. J. McLoughlin

Manchester University Press

Dublin's approach from the mid-1970s seemed to confirm the thinking of an Irish policy document. The third option open to the British government is to declare that its objective in Ireland is the bringing together of both Irish traditions in reconciliation and agreement. John Hume played a significant role in the conception and propagation of the Anglo-Irish strategy and also guided the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) towards its realisation. ‘The Irish Question: a British problem’ set the co-ordinates of the SDLP's course under Hume, whose article made clear his belief that all parties to the Northern Ireland conflict had much to do to bring about its resolution. He also believed that the primary aim of the two governments (London and Dublin) should be to remove what he and his party saw as the main obstacle to agreement: the British guarantee and the resultant unionist veto.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, Dublin, British government, Irish policy, John Hume, SDLP, Anglo-Irish strategy, London

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