The conditions for a settlement of the Northern Ireland conflict did not exist in the period 1972–1976. Beginning with the Sunningdale Agreement, it might be argued that this was one of the greatest diplomatic coups of any Irish government since the negotiation of independence in 1921. Far from the DFA being isolated inside Government circles in Dublin, it was more than first among equals when compared to other departments such as, for example, the Ministry of Agriculture.
KeywordsWishful Thinking Security Force Executive Power Irish Government Government Circle
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