‘Ancestry of Resistance’: The Political Use of Commemoration by Ulster Loyalists and Irish Republicans in a Post Conflict Setting
Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute
November 11, 2009
Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 09-09
Ulster Loyalist and Irish Republican uses of commemoration, in remembering their paramilitary dead in the recent Irish ‘Troubles’ and connecting these to past conflicts, can be shown to be a politically diligent demonstration of a living continuity with the past and the expression of historical legitimacy. Crucially, in a post conflict setting, this is of particular importance in reassuring doubters and deflecting political attacks. It also attempts to facilitate the rededication and reinvigoration, and also the transformation, of their political project and assists the maintenance of social cohesion with the host community. It acts as a steadying ballast, but not as a hindrance, in conflict transformation. This research is partly based on participant observation of Republican and Loyalist commemorative practice.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 47
Keywords: Commemoration, Post Conflict, Northern Ireland
Date posted: November 18, 2009 ; Last revised: December 24, 2009