The failure of the ‘consensus-forming strategy’, 1965–69

Aaron Edwards

in A History of the Northern Ireland Labour Party

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780719078743
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702390 | DOI:
The failure of the ‘consensus-forming strategy’, 1965–69

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The collapse of the Irish Republican Army's (IRA) armed irredentist campaign in February 1962 led to the cessation of its military activities against the Northern Ireland state. The Campaign for Social Justice (CSJ) sought to highlight discrimination ‘against the Catholic section’ in housing and jobs. Invariably the close relationship between the CSJ and Campaign for Democracy in Ulster (CDU) was compromised by the presence of right-of-centre individuals involved in the Dungannon-based organisation. The Northern Ireland Labour Party's (NILP) close ties to the British Labour Party (BLP) were used by Terence O'Neill to beat the local party in the 1966 election. The effects of Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association's (NICRA) radicalism on the NILP were significant. The role played by the NILP in the civil rights movement is addressed. The late 1960s witnessed the emergence of a revitalised sectarian brinkmanship on the streets of Northern Ireland.

Keywords: Campaign for Social Justice; Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association; Campaign for Democracy in Ulster; Irish Republican Army; British Labour Party; radicalism; Northern Ireland Labour Party; civil rights movement

Chapter.  20539 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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