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The Destructors: The Story of Northern Irelands Lost Peace Process Michael Kerr

The Destructors: The Story of Northern Irelands Lost Peace Process

Michael Kerr

Published June 14th 2011
ISBN : 9780716530985
Hardcover
348 pages
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The Destructors is the story of lost opportunities. On New Years Day, 1974, Northern Irelands first Secretary of State, William Whitelaw, convinced unionist and nationalist leaders, such as Brian Faulkner and John Hume, to set aside irreconcilableMoreThe Destructors is the story of lost opportunities. On New Years Day, 1974, Northern Irelands first Secretary of State, William Whitelaw, convinced unionist and nationalist leaders, such as Brian Faulkner and John Hume, to set aside irreconcilable differences and long-held principles and enter into a power-sharing government at Stormont. A few months later, the government collapsed, poisoned by factionalism. Taking a fresh and dynamic look at what the idea of power-sharing meant to the different parties to the Northern Ireland conflict, The Destructors examines how the Northern Ireland Executive was subsequently destroyed by an unconstitutional political strike that was called by the Ulster Workers Council, in May 1974. And it details how the executives fate was sealed when power-sharing was abandoned by Heaths successor, Harold Wilson, following an ill-timed Westminster general election in February. Drawing on previously unavailable British and Irish archival material, and over forty interviews with politicians and officials central to a peace process that led to an Anglo-Irish settlement at Sunningdale, in December 1973, Kerr re-examines why Northern Irelands power-sharing experiment failed.