Attitudes towards a Truth Commission for Northern Ireland in Relation to Party Political Affilliation

P. Lundy, M. McGovern

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Abstract

In Northern Ireland there has been a long‐term and often heated debate, particularly within civil society, about how to address the legacy of the conflict and unresolved issues of the past. This paper critically examines the first large‐scale survey to focus specifically and in depth upon the question of a possible truth commission for Northern Ireland. The paper analyses responses in relation to self‐declared support for Northern Ireland's five main political parties (Ulster Unionist Party, Democratic Unionist Party, Alliance Party, Social Democratic and Labour Party and Sinn Fein). The results of the survey reveal a mixed picture on attitudes towards a possible truth commission but suggest that despite obvious, sometimes serious, community and party political differences on a number of important issues, there are also clearly grounds on which consensus exists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-338
JournalIrish Political Studies
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2007

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