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By Sarah Campbell

Gerry Fitt was once a key political determine in Northern eire for over two decades, but there's no significant old assessment of his contribution, nor of his legacy or position within the reminiscence of the minority group there. Drawing on unpublished occasion and personal papers, lately published Irish and British executive papers, and interviews, this booklet is the 1st educational learn of the function of Gerry Fitt within the politics of the Social Democratic and Labour get together (SDLP) and should research the 1st decade of the social gathering during the lens of his leadership.

Fitt was once a motive force at the back of the unique imaginative and prescient of the get together and performed a significant position in developing the identification of the SDLP as a 'radical socialist get together' which supplied a 'new' type of nationalism, through prioritising socio-economic matters over the constitutional query. but, Fitt famous that he used to be frequently in an 'unhappy minority of 1' over many concerns and from time to time the connection among himself and his celebration colleagues was once 'very uneasy'. This booklet, as a result, sheds new gentle at the formation of the SDLP, studying the explanations and approaches wherein the occasion was once shaped and the customarily conflicting rules and experience of political id that the get together portrayed in the course of the Seventies. opposite to the legitimate narrative of the occasion, this e-book offers an alternate and extra nuanced view of the machinations which moulded get together coverage in its first decade.

Gerry Fitt and the SDLP is key studying for college students and students of recent Irish and British politics and the Northern eire clash. it's going to additionally entice these attracted to clash answer in divided societies.

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