Northern Ireland has come far since 1984 partition plan

John Nagle, Mary-Alice Clancy

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One of the more intriguing disclosures brought about by the 30-year release of UK state papers last week was a 1984 proposal to re-partition Northern Ireland. The plan found its way to the desk of then prime minister Margaret Thatcher as a briefing paper drafted by civil servants. The proposal laid out a formula to end the conflict in the region, which by then was in its 15th year.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2014

Bibliographical note

John Nagle has received funding from the AHRC.

Mary-Alice Clancy does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


  • Northern Ireland
  • Sectarianism
  • Northern Irish peace process


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