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The Republic and Northern Ireland since 1990
Michael Parker

’, fostering the ‘healing’ of ‘divisions’.32 The Downing Street Declaration incorporated both the Irish people’s right to self-determination and the principle of consent, without which there would be no prospect of Irish unification. The British offered no timetable for withdrawal from the province, though it did commit itself ‘to encourage, facilitate and enable’ dialogue on the ‘new political framework’.33 While keen to encourage republicans to abandon armed struggle in favour of constitutional politics, Major could not afford to alienate unionist opinion. Five times the

in Irish literature since 1990