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From the archive: Ireland’s third way

Northern Ireland's historic Good Friday agreement must overcome the failures of 1798, 1916 and 1968. Demography may not end partition but a "third tradition" could transcend it

By Fred Halliday   May 1998

The Reverend Ian Paisley (left) and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams speak to the media during a press conference at the Stormont Assembly building in Belfast. Photo: PA

Before all else must come the recognition of something amazing: for the first time since the beginning of the conflict between Britain and Ireland some eight centuries ago, an agreement, fragile in basis and complex in content, but to which all significant parties have given their assent, has been achieved. It will be challenged, it may even be arrested, but…

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