Response on Reconciliation to Consultation on Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past

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The government launched a consultation on "Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland's Past" earlier in 2018 with a closing date of October 2018. As part of the responses to the consultation myself and Grainne Kelly made a submission on Reconciliation. Drawing on our body of research work on reconciliation undertaken over a 14 year period the main points we make, expanded in our submission, is that although reconciliation is a stated aim and principle of the process (and the Secretary of State also affirms this in the Foreword) there is, firstly, no attempt to define what is meant by reconciliation. Secondly, the document does not outline how reconciliation might be supported and promoted. We understand that implementation might be the task of IRG members, but our research findings suggest that this might be very difficult for a number of reasons. We argue that the current proposed structure of the IRG, and the appointment process in particular, will compound the challenge of reconciliation. At the same time, we believe that the work we have done in defining reconciliation could be beneficial to the process.
Original languageEnglish
TypeReconciliation: Submission to Legacy Consultation
Media of outputSubmission
PublisherInternational Conflict Research Institute
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationBelfast
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 5 Oct 2018


  • reconciliation
  • legacy
  • Northern Ireland
  • dealing with the past
  • victims


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