Ringside Seats: An Insider's View Of The Crisis In Northern Ireland

Ringside Seats An Insider s View Of The Crisis In Northern Ireland Provides an insider s first hand account of many of the most turbulent moments in Northern Ireland s recent history The author rose to the rank of Deputy Secretary in the Northern Ireland Civil Servic

  • Title: Ringside Seats: An Insider's View Of The Crisis In Northern Ireland
  • Author: Robert Ramsay
  • ISBN: 9780716530213
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • Provides an insider s first hand account of many of the most turbulent moments in Northern Ireland s recent history The author rose to the rank of Deputy Secretary in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, having been Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and experienced and recorded such events as the Civil Rights campaign the rise of the provisional IRA the fProvides an insider s first hand account of many of the most turbulent moments in Northern Ireland s recent history The author rose to the rank of Deputy Secretary in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, having been Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and experienced and recorded such events as the Civil Rights campaign the rise of the provisional IRA the fall of O Neill the Faulkner institutional initiatives internment Bloody Sunday, the introduction of Direct Rule, the last days of the old Stormont and Edward Heath s decision to prorogue the Northern Ireland Parliament An often personal account of events as they unfolded, the author also paints pen portraits of the principal personalities involved, their actions and motivations The personalities described are not only those in the political limelight, but also senior officials, whose behind the scenes influence has frequently made a significant impact on government policies and decisions The author also gives an informed commentary on the development of the overall situation, drawing on sources within the administrative machine and the security forces The second half of Ramsay s career took him to the top of the administrative tree in Brussels and his account of that period traces the tortuous path from Common Market towards integration, via the stages of the constitutional treaties Uniquely, the author s role brings together the macro political world of the EU and the micro situation in Northern Ireland, in the preparation of the European Peace and Reconciliation Programmes of the 1990s.

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    1. "nwhytevejournal/1292129ml[return][return]The core market for this book - people who have escaped Northern Irish politics for a career in Brussels - is admittedly rather small, but I certainly qualify. Ramsay was a high-flyer in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, where he worked from 1964 to 1983, and then came to Brussels until his retirement in 1999 (though he remains engaged). Most remarkably, he served as PPS to Brian Faulkner, when the latter was Minister for Commerce in the late 1960s and [...]

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