Feminism, nationalism and the re-ordering of post-war political strategies: the case of the Sinn Féin Women’s Department

Guest Post from Dr Niall Gilmartin, Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth. The post draws from research published in Irish Political Studies and available free online until the end of April at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07907184.2016.1146698 The Sinn Féin Women’s Department emerged at a time of great flux within Provisional republicanism. The kernel of the department resided…

The Parades Commission and legitimacy

Post by Dr Dawn Walsh, Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), The University of Birmingham. While the summer of 2014 was marked by a surprisingly quiet ‘marching season’ the issue of parades remains a controversial one in Northern Ireland. The difficulties and disputes around Parades by the Loyal Orders, predominantly the Orange Order, can…

Breaking patterns of conflict in Northern Ireland.

Posted on behalf of John Coakley and Jennifer Todd Blog from the Special Issue of Irish Political Studies: Breaking patterns of conflict in Northern Ireland: the British and Irish states The British and Irish governments were central to the move to peace in Northern Ireland. Their negotiations and mutual agreements, their cooperation and coordinated stances…

The progress of the Irish Constitutional Convention to date

Declaration of interest: The author is the research director of the Irish Constitutional Convention The Irish Constitutional Convention has almost completed its work.  At its most recent meeting it dealt with the last of the eight topics assigned to it by the Government. All that remains is for the Convention to use its remaining time…