By David McCann,Cillian McGrattan

The 'Sunningdale test' of 1973-4 witnessed the 1st try and identify peace in Northern eire via power-sharing. in spite of the fact that, its provisions, quite the cross-border 'Council of Ireland', proved to be a step too a ways. The test floundered amid ongoing paramilitary-led violence, ultimately collapsing in may possibly 1974 because of the Ulster staff' Council strike.

Drawing on new scholarship from a number of the best political historians engaged on the interval, this publication provides a chain of reflections on how key protagonists struggled with notions of power-sharing and the 'Irish dimension', and the way these struggles inhibited a deepening of democracy and the finishing of violence for therefore long.

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