The Twenty-first Century

Andrew Sanders

in Inside the IRA

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641123
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652907 | DOI:
The Twenty-first Century

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The close association between violence and politics was especially apparent during the early part of the new century as implementation of key criteria of the Good Friday Agreement caused unrest. This centred on decommissioning. While largely a symbolic act, with each organisation capable of re-equipping relatively quickly, it remained important. As the LVF began decommissioning in 1998, hopes for total paramilitary involvement in the process were high; in return, the LVF became eligible for the prisoner release programme that was implemented under the Agreement. Particularly divisive during these years was the Portadown Orange march, the loyalist perception that concessions to republicans were beginning to impinge on their culture fuelling violence province-wide.

Keywords: violence; politics; Good Friday Agreement; decommissioning; paramilitary involvement; LVF; Portadown Orange march

Chapter.  14425 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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