Reconciling Ireland: Fifty Years of British–Irish Agreements

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Forewords by Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Brandon Lewis, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland


‘Reconciling Ireland is an indispensable guide to half a century of agreements.’

Tony Blair


‘This invaluable and comprehensive work brings together fifty years of agreements, each considered and analysed in the context of its own time zone, and superbly illustrates the careful negotiation and handling required to bring about agreement as circumstances changed.’

Bertie Ahern


Reconciling Ireland is a unique guide to the history of the last half-century, compiling all the texts of the key British–Irish legal and political agreements relating to Northern Ireland for the first time.


These forty documents, presented alongside expert analysis by author and Irish High Court Judge Richard Humphreys, chart the evolution of the principles of the political and peace processes, from their inception right to the present day, from the Sunningdale Agreement of 1973, to the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement, the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and the New Decade, New Approach deal of 2020 that resolved the 2017–20 Stormont stalemate.


This definitive collection demonstrates the tremendous progress made towards peace and functioning politics, despite huge obstacles, and gives grounds for optimism for the future. Given the need to renew British–Irish relationships following Brexit, as well as the outstanding question of implementation of existing agreements, and the increased debate on Northern Ireland’s constitutional arrangements, Reconciling Ireland will be an invaluable reference work for legal and political engagement for generations to come.

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