A deal that fooled its creators

Unionists saw the Good Friday Agreement as a defeat, and nationalists saw it as a victory. Both were wrong

8th April, 2018
Some of those involved in the talks pose for a photo on the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. Pic: Getty

The Good Friday Agreement was a triumph for unionism. But so successful was the spin accompanying it that not alone were nationalists deluded into believing it was a triumph for them, but unionists were also deluded into believing it was a defeat for unionism.

The essence of Irish nationalism on partition was that only the people of the island of Ireland as a whole had any entitlement to determine the constitutional future of the island....

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