Perils & Prospects of a United Ireland


Author: Padraig O’Malley
Publisher: Lilliput Press
Format: Hardback
Padraig O’Malley’s Perils and Prospects of a United Ireland presents a wide-ranging and unique study of the questions around the future of Northern Irish politics, including the idea of reunification.

O’Malley has forged relationships across the political divide for over half a century and here he attemps to ascertain whether, after decades of interaction – but especially since the B/GFA – the protagonists are any closer to working co-operatively.

In this book, O’Malley explores the factors that might lead to the Northern Ireland Secretary of State calling a border referendum and the challenges both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would face. How might that majority for unity, a simple 50 per cent + 1, emerge? What criteria might a Secretary of State draw on to make their judgment call?

Including interviews from ninety-seven political players, academics, political influencers, a cross-section of the political grandees who negotiated the B/GFA and faith leaders between February 2020 and June 2021, O’Malley takes a temperature check of opinions from Northern Ireland with a sampling of opinion in the South.

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Padraig O’Malley is an Irish international peacemaker, author, and professor. O’Malley specializes in the problems of divided societies, such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. He has written extensively on these subjects and has been actively involved in promoting dialogue among representatives of differing factions. In 1997 he arranged for the Good Friday negotiators to meet with President Nelson Mandela and the team that negotiated the end of apartheid in South Africa. He’s currently the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation at the University of Massachusetts Boston. O’Malley is the author of The Uncivil Wars: Ireland Today (Beacon Press, 1983, 1990, 1997), which won the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize and Biting at the Grave: The Irish Hunger Strikes and the Politics of Despair (Beacon Press, 1990), among other publications.

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