A decade and a half on from the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (1998), what can we say about its promise for ‘a truly historic opportunity for a new beginning’? This project

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aims to bring together a range of academics and non-academics from across a number of disciplines and vocations to revisit the promise of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The Agreement was hailed as ending ethno-nationalist violence in Northern Ireland and as marking a new chapter in Anglo-Irish relations. Furthermore, it was heralded as a model from which other deeply divided societies could learn.

We aim to assess what impact it has made in the policy, judicial and institutional areas it specifically targeted: political reform, equality provision, working through legacies of the past (including police reform, prisoner release and victims’ rights) and the building of new relationships within the island of Ireland and between Ireland and Britain. With the emergence of first-time voters who had no direct experience of the violence we will ask what the Agreement offers for future generations


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