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Title: No solution : British government policy in Northern Ireland under Labour 1974-79
Author: Aveyard, Stuart Ciarnan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2740 841X
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis considers British government policy in Northern Ireland during the Labour administration of 1974 to 1979. Utilising a distinctively historical methodology which draws from a wide range of archival sources, it challenges a number dominant narratives about the British government policy and the Northern Ireland conflict more generally. It incorporates political, security and economic affairs. During these crucial years the Sunningdale Agreement collapsed following a loyalist general strike, the Labour government considered a wide range of constitutional options for Northern Ireland, dialogue was held with militant republicans during the Provisional IRA's 1975 ceasefire and security policy was transformed with the end of detention without trial and the advent of police primacy. Violence levels declined significantly as both the British government and the Provisional IRA came to see the conflict as a lasting one, adjusting their strategies. This thesis also considers relations between the British government political parties in Great Britain and Ireland, both North and South. Existing accounts are found to be over-reliant on contemporary perceptions in all these areas and a more nuanced analysis is offered in place of this, taking into account the parameters within which ministers and officials operated.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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