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Political Studies Association of Ireland


Launch of Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process

PSAI sponsored the launch of “Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process”, edited by Timothy J. White of Xavier University and published by the University of Wisconsin Press, in the O’Rahilly Building at University College Cork at May 30th.

Mary C. Murphy, Timothy J. White and Martin Mansergh

Several members of the academic community and media attended the launch.  Dr. Mansergh who wrote the forward to the edited volume had high praise for the book at the launch.

He focused on the collection’s contributions by Irish, American, Canadian, and British scholars, especially focusing on the quality of the American contributors.

He said in part :

Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process is a guide for students and policy-makers designed to glean points of more general interest and application, recognizing of course the particularities of the Northern Ireland situation, and that there are likely to be features there that may not be readily transferable to other situations.

Mansergh also commented that the volume furthered our understanding of the Northern Ireland conflict and would be found on reading lists on both sides of the Atlantic in years to come.

The edited volume focuses on ten lessons that are explored in depth by the contributors.  They include:  William Hazleton, Landon Hancock, Wendy Ann Wiedenhoft Murphy, Mindy Peden, John Doyle, Paul Dixon, Sean Byrne, Andrew Owsiak, Mary Alice Clancy, and Robert Snyder.

Mary C. Murphy of UCC who hosted the launch noted that :

This edited collection constitutes a very fine piece of work. It brings together a uniquely diverse group of scholars and disciplines to interrogate the finer details of the Northern Ireland peace process.