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Northern IrelandThe Reluctant Peace$
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Feargal Cochrane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178708

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178708.001.0001

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Dissenting Voices, 2010–12

Dissenting Voices, 2010–12

(p.255) Chapter Nine Dissenting Voices, 2010–12
Northern Ireland

Feargal Cochrane

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the problems that continue to exist in Northern Ireland. While a lot has changed in Northern Ireland since the height of the conflict, there are also some points of continuity. The persistence of vigilante groups exercising social control in urban working-class areas is one such instance. Second, the existence of devolved government and a reformed policing and justice system acceptable to both unionist and nationalist communities has made little difference to the immediate sense of security of the people. The chapter argues that the inability of the police to prosecute the leaders of RAAD and prevent punishment attacks from taking place demonstrates the gap between the formal political system and life as it is lived at the community level in Northern Ireland.

Keywords:   vigilante groups, social control, devolved government, justice system, nationalist communities

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