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Dublin is just a Sunningdale away

P. J. McLoughlin

in John Hume and the Revision of Irish Nationalism

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780719079566
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702468 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079566.003.0004
Dublin is just a Sunningdale away

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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

Chapter.  12322 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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