Chapter

Two balls of roasted snow

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/9780719079566.003.0010
Two balls of roasted snow

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The influence of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) suggested the party's strengthened position in the aftermath of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. John Hume's secret discussions with Gerry Adams aimed at bringing an end to the Irish Republican Army (IRA)'s campaign of violence, and at drawing republicans into the political process. The Downing Street Declaration (DSD) was directed towards the same end as the Hume-Adams talks, namely an IRA ceasefire. In the DSD, the British government studiously avoided any commitment to becoming persuaders for Irish unity. The ‘Americans for a New Irish Agenda’ were supportive of Sinn Féin rather than the SDLP, and pushed one idea in particular: that Adams be given a visa allowing him to visit the US. The TUAS document clearly signalled a significant change in republican strategy. The IRA ceasefire of August 1994 is finally explored.

Keywords: SDLP; Anglo-Irish Agreement; John Hume; Gerry Adams; Irish Republican Army; Downing Street Declaration; British government; New Irish Agenda; TUAS

Chapter.  11243 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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