‘The Conflict is Over’

confisoverThe BBC World Service recently broadcast a programme called ‘The Conflict is Over’ in its Witness series. It deals with a crucial 1993 message received by the British government through their secret channel of communication with the IRA. The message itself is in the NUI Galway Library Archives in the papers of intermediary Brendan Duddy. I spoke on the programme about the role that Brendan Duddy played in this back-channel negotiation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02hy6g6

lrb letterThe maker of the programme, Owen Bennett-Jones came to Galway to look at the archive and wrote on the topic in the London Review of Books. My response was  published recently on their letters page: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n03/letters

Selected papers from the Duddy collection are available in this online exhibition: http://archives.library.nuigalway.ie/duddy/web/

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About niallodoc

Senior Lecturer in the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland Galway
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2 Responses to ‘The Conflict is Over’

  1. Seán Ó Murchadha says:

    “The war is over and we need your help to end it.” An raibh an ráiseas seo mar chuid den ‘back-channel’ seo a bhí Duddy páirteach ann nó an raibh sé mar chuid de teangmháil rúnda eile ina raibh Dennis Bradley páirteach ann?

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