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The Catholic Church and the Northern Ireland Troubles, 1968-1998

Margaret M. Scull


This book evaluates the role of the Catholic Church in mediating conflict situations, with the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ acting as a case study. Until surprisingly recently the only accounts of the Irish Catholic Church during this period were written by Irish priests and bishops and were commemorative, rather than analytical, in intent. During the conflict, these individuals often worked behind the scenes, acting as go-betweens for the British government and republican paramilitaries, with the aim of bringing about a peaceful solution. In addition, this study explores the impact of the Engl ... More

Keywords: The Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’, The Catholic Church, religion, conflict, Irish history, British history, violence, peace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843214
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret M. Scull, author
Postdoctoral Fellow, Irish Research Council