Terry Carling, Northern Ireland Officer of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions - "It is the best thing for investment since the sliced loaf"

18 June 1998

A WSWS report from Belfast

Divergent views on the Northern Ireland Agreement

By a WSWS reporting team, 18 June 1998

World Socialist Web Site reporter Richard Tyler interviewed political and trade union figures in Belfast on the eve of the May 22 referendums in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland on the British-Irish Agreement announced last April. These interviews provide an insight into the attitudes and aspirations of those whom the Agreement affects, as well as the social interests of some of the forces backing the new political arrangements.

"There has to be unity amongst working class people"

Vincent McKenna, former member of the IRA

18 June 1998

What makes the Celtic Tiger run?

By Julie Hyland, 16 June 1998

The expansion of the Republic of Ireland's economy has been hailed as one of the

The ratification of the Northern Ireland Agreement

What will it mean for the working class?

By Editorial Board, 30 May 1998

The substantial vote to accept the Northern Ireland Agreement in the May 22 referendums in the north and south has been hailed as the start of a new chapter in the troubled history of the island.

Interviews on British-Irish deal

Support for agreement mixed with reservations

By Richard Tyler, 23 May 1998

Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site spoke to Dublin residents on their attitude to the Northern Ireland agreement, interviewing those planning to vote "yes," those undecided and those against. Their comments raised many important political issues, which will be addressed in a future article on the site. The views expressed below are those of the individuals interviewed.

Campaign pushes "yes" vote on British-Irish agreement

A numbing barrage of official propaganda

By Richard Tyler, 23 May 1998

Richard Tyler, a correspondent for the World Socialist Web Site, travelled recently to Dublin and Belfast to report on the run-up to the May 22 referendum on the Northern Ireland agreement.

Future of Northern Ireland Agreement uncertain

By Chris Marsden, 20 May 1998

This is the first of a series of articles on the referendums to be held simultaneously in both northern and southern Ireland on Friday, May 22. Journalists from the World Socialist Web Site will be travelling to Ireland to report on the referendums and bring views from both parts of the island.

British-Irish agreement enshrines sectarian divisions

By the Editorial Board, 25 April 1998

An objective analysis of the agreement reached on April 10 between the British and Irish governments on the future of northern Ireland demonstrates that this so-called peace plan does not embody the interests of Irish workers, Catholic or Protestant, north or south of the border.

Irish deal concluded

By Chris Talbot, 11 April 1998

After continuing throughout the night, the so-called peace talks for new political arrangements in Northern Ireland were concluded on Friday, April 10. The final agreement will be signed by the British and Irish governments and all of the unionist and nationalist political parties that have taken part in the present round of negotiations, begun last summer by the British Labour Party government of Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Political and historical issues underlying the Irish "peace" talks - An exchange of letters

11 April 1998

Letters deal with important questions concerning not only current developments, but also the attitude of Marxism toward Irish nationalism and republicanism.

Documents prove British state organised murders in Northern Ireland

By Chris Talbot, 10 April 1998

Leaked Military Intelligence documents give conclusive evidence that the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), a paramilitary group in the north of Ireland which supports union with Britain, carried out assassinations under the direct control of the British army.

What social interests are being promoted in the Northern Ireland talks?

By Chris Marsden, 4 March 1998

The May deadline for an agreement in the talks over the future of Northern Ireland is approaching. The British and Irish governments aim to secure a formula governing economic and political relations between Northern Ireland, Britain and the Irish republi,c and put the proposal to referendums in both the north and south of Ireland that same month.

The Labour government’s agenda in the Irish peace process

By Chris Talbot, 4 February 1998

The British Labour government's proposal for an inquiry into the 1972 shooting of Catholic demonstrators, known as Bloody Sunday, is part of a "peace process" that lacks any basis for providing genuine peace in the north of Ireland.