Thursday December 5, 2019

Tom McGurk: Civil War politics finds its successor

Sinn Féin’s move into constitutional politics has become far more difficult than it could have imagined

25th October, 2015
Northern Ireland in the late 80's

In 1924, the report of the Boundary Commission was published. To the bitter surprise of Northern nationalists, huge sections of nationalist majority territory were to remain in the new Northern Irish state.

In the immediate aftermath WT Cosgrave, president of the executive council, went to London for a meeting with the British prime minister Stanley Baldwin and the prime minister of Northern Ireland James Craig.

The agreement they reached let the border remain as it was,...

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