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A new Ireland in a new Europe

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/9780719079566.003.0012
A new Ireland in a new Europe

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John Hume was deeply influenced by the actual ideology of European integration. His pro-Europeanism, and the questions that his critics have raised about this, both have relevance to nationalism. The Good Friday Agreement (GFA) provides a political framework within which nationalists in both parts of Ireland can co-operate with unionists and, through this, gradually build more positive relations. Hume was using the European model to try to move the thinking of all parties to the conflict away from absolutist notions of political sovereignty, to encourage thoughts of constitutional compromise, and thus to aid the infant peace process. The GFA does provide the basis for the development of a society that is more tolerant and plural, and, ultimately, where national identity need not be a cause of conflict. In his contribution to the GFA, Hume has helped to create a situation in which such an Ireland can emerge.

Keywords: John Hume; Good Friday Agreement; nationalism; Ireland; European model; peace process; national identity

Chapter.  8879 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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