Dissident and dissenting republicanism: From the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement to Brexit

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    The 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Peace Agreement was almost universally supported by nationalists in Northern Ireland, and Sinn Féin’s high-profile role in the discussions was the foundation upon which it would transform itself from the political wing of the Provisional Irish Republican Army to second biggest party at Stormont. However, dissidents pointed out that the compromises made by Sinn Féin during the Peace Process were a sell-out of the political and ideological aspirations held by republicans for at least a century. New dissident groups emerged in opposition to the course taken by Sinn Féin, and the period since 1998 has been one of the most dynamic in republican history since the Irish Civil War. New political parties and organisations like the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, éirígí, Republican Network for Unity and Saoradh emerged reflecting this state of flux and the existential fears felt by those for whom the Good Friday Agreement fell far short of delivering the republican aspiration of a united Ireland. Although Brexit provided a curious and fortunate opportunity for momentary public attention, these groups have remained peripheral actors in the Irish and British political public spheres.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)73-87
    Number of pages15
    JournalCapital & Class
    Volume43
    Issue number1
    Early online date7 Jan 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

    Keywords

    • Irish republicanism
    • dissidents
    • Good Friday Agreement
    • Sinn Féin
    • Brexit

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