Shared Narrative in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland

2 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2015

Date Written: November 17, 2015


This article critically examines the difficulty with creating a shared narrative in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Using the legacy of policing as a case study for drawing more general conclusions about creating a shared narrative, the article interrogates how disagreement over where to start and end the discussion and exclusivist approaches to victimhood are obstructing attainment of a shared narrative. The article analyses competing policing narratives as constructed from the lived reality of opposing ethno-nationalist collectives with different experiences in a heated memory politics domain. Concluding with the argument that the prerequisite to successfully building a shared narrative is departure from competing memory politics understandings of the past the article suggests a new understanding of victimhood and perpetratorship in Northern Ireland.

Keywords: Policing, Northern Ireland, truth recovery

Suggested Citation

Hearty, Kevin, Shared Narrative in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland (November 17, 2015). Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 15-10, Available at SSRN: or

Kevin Hearty (Contact Author)

Ulster University ( email )

Northland Road
Londonderry, BT48 7JL
Northern Ireland

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