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Thatcher paved the way for peace in Northern Ireland

Margaret Thatcher's partnership with Dublin was a breakthrough

By David McKittrick  

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Although few view Margaret Thatcher as one of the architects of the peace process which has brought much progress and relative peace to Northern Ireland, she played a hugely important part in its development.

She herself, and the world in general, viewed her approach as being dominated by security considerations rather than political calculation. That approach was, in the words of her aide Charles Powell, one of “security first, second and third.”

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