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Everyday Life After the Irish ConflictThe Impact of Devolution and Cross-border Cooperation$
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Cillian McGrattan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087288

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087288.001.0001

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The rocky road from enmity

The rocky road from enmity

(p.20) Chapter 2 The rocky road from enmity
Everyday Life After the Irish Conflict

Duncan Morrow

Manchester University Press

Huge efforts have been made to find a way beyond the violent stalemate produced by Northern Ireland's underlying crisis of legitimacy. At the core has been the search for social and political stability and the ending of hatred sufficient to enable all the people of the north to live together within a single constitutional framework. This chapter explores both the complex and challenging context of historic national antagonism and the degree to which political change in recent years has promoted reconciliation. While there is no doubt that there have been major achievements in reducing violence and creating shared institutions, the challenges of reconciliation remain. The chapter concludes that Northern Ireland has the characteristics of a society caught between truce and transformation, which is evident in the weakness of policy making, the fragility of peace in some places and an ongoing anxiety about the need to control more violent elements.

Keywords:   Legitimacy, National and Political Identity, Partition, Violence, Conflict Resolution, International and Intergovernmental Cooperation, Reconciliation, Ambivalence

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