Origins of the Northern Irish conflict: Gerrymandering and mistrust…

Came across this copy of Robert Kee’s documentary on Ireland in the early eighties. This penultimate edition dealt with the early troubles.

What’s noticeable is:

– despite being over thirty years old it hasn’t really aged;

– the rich primary material retains a vitality that’s missing in recent summative works…

If you are short of time, jump into the video here, where the bit on gerrymandering out west begins

Stick with it for about ten minutes and it also reveals the startlingly divergent attitudes of Brookborough and O’Neill.

And just how cordial the relationship of the latter was with Sean Lemass.

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