Welcome to this month's podcast series on NORTHERN IRELAND, a collaboration between ChromeRadio and the HANDA CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS.
April 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 'Good Friday' Agreement, the historic peace deal that ended nearly 30 years of conflict, a period known as the 'Troubles', in Northern Ireland.
DR TIM WILSON, Director of the HANDA CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE at the UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS, takes us from the plantation of Ulster in the 17th century to the suspension of Home Rule during the First World War.
2. TOWARDS PEACE
DR TIM WILSON continues the history of the Northern Irish conflict, taking us from the end of the First World War, when the British government turned once again to the Irish question, through a turbulent 20th century that ended with the historic 'Good Friday' Agreement and began the peace process we know today.
3. SHAPING THE CONFLICT
DR KIERAN McCONAGHY, Lecturer at the HANDA CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS, talks about growing up in County Armagh, making sense of different political narratives, and how the state's response to political violence shaped the Northern Irish conflict.
We travel to Belfast to hear from those who lived through and were involved in the Troubles. We ask how the 'Good Friday' Agreement has changed everyday life for them, about their experience of the peace process - the challenges and the successes - and how they see the future of Northern Ireland.
PETER HEATHWOOD’s family came over to Ireland during the Plantation of Ulster in the early 1600s. Aged 26, Peter was shot and left paralysed in a case of mistaken identity. He now campaigns with WAVE for appropriate financial recognition of the needs of all those injured during the conflict.
SHIRLEY MOODY’s husband was shot when he was 16, and he still lives with the legacy of those injuries today. Shirley coped with the aftermath, and the challenges of bringing up a family of sons and keeping them away from the paramilitary organisations during the Troubles.
Former IRA prisoner MICHAEL CULBERT now runs COISTE, an organisation that looks after former IRA prisoners and their families. At the COISTE office in West Belfast, he and former British soldier LEE LAVIS reflect on their personal journeys from being on opposite sides during the conflict to working together now for peace.
A former member of the ULSTER DEFENCE ASSOCIATION (UDA), COLIN HALLIDAY spent time in the Maze Prison during the conflict. He now runs Lisburn’s People’s Support Project, originally set up as Lisburn Prisoners’ Support Project to help former prisoners from the UDA and its military wing, the Ulster Freedom Fighters, to reintegrate into society.
ROGER McCALLUM served in both the ROYAL ULSTER CONSTABULARY (RUC), and its successor, the POLICE SERVICE OF NORTHERN IRELAND. He is now involved in various peace and reconciliation initiatives, and is a Trustee of the RUC GEORGE CROSS FOUNDATION.
PRODUCTION | ChromeRadio in partnership with the HANDA CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS | With thanks to QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST and WAVE for their assistance in setting up the WITNESS interviews | Producer - Catriona Oliphant | Post-production - Chris Sharp.
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