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Northern Ireland and the European UnionThe dynamics of a changing relationship$
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Mary C. Murphy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079825

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079825.001.0001

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Northern Ireland and the European Union: the context

Northern Ireland and the European Union: the context

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Northern Ireland and the European Union

Mary C. Murphy

Manchester University Press

Chapter two is heavily contextual and focused on the nature of issues around how Northern Ireland structured relations with the world beyond its borders. The chapter examines Northern Ireland’s historical experience of devolution from 1921-1972 and recounts the factors which brought this early experiment in devolved power to a halt. The direct rule period which followed coincided with the accession of the UK to the EU. The chapter looks at how the prospect of EU membership was greeted in Northern Ireland and how Northern Ireland-EU relations were managed during the direct rule period. The return of devolution after the signing of the Belfast Agreement is noted and details of its key features and dynamics are discussed.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, European Union, Devolution, Direct rule

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