The Republican Ideal: Current Perspectives

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Norman Porter
Blackstaff Press, 1998 - Fiction - 182 pages
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A collection of essays reflecting on the meaning and significance of the republican ideal 200 years after the United Irishmen Rising of 1798. Contributors include David Cooke, Eamon Hanna, Avila Kilmurray, Monica McWilliams, Mitchel McLaughlin, Martin Mansergh and Des O'Hagan.

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About the author (1998)

Norman Porter is one of the most respected writers on Northern Ireland politics. His earlier book, Rethinking Unionism--winner of the 1997 Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize--is widely credited with suggesting a shift in unionist thinking that facilitated the Good Friday Agreement. Turning his attention toward post-Agreement politics. Porter argues that "reconciliation matters" and that, while there are genuine problems, they are "not of such an order that they defy the powers of human wit, imagination, and determination to resolve." At its core, the book treats reconciliation as a moral ideal that "makes demands on how we live and think as social, political, and cultural beings." Reconciliation is, Porter grants, a hard taskmaster, but "one that has the potential of resolving outstanding problems in the North.

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