08 October 2005
The Politics of the Peace Process
Owen Bennett reviews the Irish peace process and gives some thought to future developments
THE IRISH peace process developed within the wider historical context of Irish politics. Indeed it wasn't so much of a peace process as more like a continuation of the national struggle by different means. It was primarily a product of the evolution of the republican movement, which in the 1980s, began to develop a mass political base in the north. Before this, republicans were mostly isolated individuals and tended to have a narrow vision of things, and saw the northern problem simply as a military contest between the IRA and the British army.