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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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Looking to the Future, 2012–13

Looking to the Future, 2012–13

(p.283) Chapter Ten Looking to the Future, 2012–13
Northern Ireland

Feargal Cochrane

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the opportunities and challenges ahead for the people of Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is in a slow—at times stumbling—transition from war to peace. Despite the persistence of community sectarianism and the fragility of the peace process, it is gradually changing from a society ravaged by the reality of violent conflict to a place that is merely traumatized by its memory. For some who complain about the slow pace of change, the persistence of sectarian division or the inadequacies of policy delivery, this is not enough. For others, the mere fact that Northern Ireland has reached a point of relative stability is a cause for cautious celebration. The chapter argues that given the existing economic climate, it seems inevitable that in the years ahead, the devolved government will have to make decisions which are based on longer-term sustainability rather than on short-term populism.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, community sectarianism, peace process, short-term populism

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