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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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Dublin is just a Sunningdale away

Dublin is just a Sunningdale away

(p.39) 3 Dublin is just a Sunningdale away
John Hume and the Revision of Irish Nationalism

P. J. McLoughlin

Manchester University Press

The political climate in Northern Ireland following Stormont's suspension led to a further greening of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP). The relative quiescence of the unionist community after Stormont's suspension misled both Irish nationalists and those in Britain. The SDLP's first published policy document, Towards a New Ireland, revealed how far the party had fallen back on a more conventional nationalism in the aftermath of Stormont's collapse. It also suggested that John Hume and his colleagues still suffered a hangover from the traditional nationalist doctrine fomented by their forebears. In the period that followed Sunningdale's demise, the SDLP showed tremendous resentment towards the British government for its failure to stand against the Ulster Workers' Council strike. The Sunningdale Agreement was the way that the party presented the settlement which so prejudiced unionist opinions, and was premised on the fundamental axiom of revisionist nationalism.

Keywords:   Sunningdale Agreement, Northern Ireland, Stormont, SDLP, Britain, New Ireland, John Hume, British government, Ulster Workers' Council

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