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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 external dynamics

Northern Ireland and the European Union: the external dynamics

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Northern Ireland and the European Union

Mary C. Murphy

Manchester University Press

This chapter charts the evolution of relations between Northern Ireland and actors outside the region, including other parts of the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Brussels. An overview of key institutional developments is provided. This includes an examination of the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels (ONIEB), North-South Ministerial Council (NSMC), Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) and the British-Irish Council. These new institutions facilitate and manage the region’s external relationships. Many had difficult early experiences. However, they have settled into a pattern of existence which is less politically controversial and focused on strategically pursuing Northern Ireland’s functional interests. To some extent, the EU has provided these institutions with the means to do so, by providing a legitimate and neutral testing ground for operationalizing new and innovative forms of cross-border, cross-national and multi-level governance.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, European Union, Devolution, Administration

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