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Post-Troubles contexts and contradictions
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The 'Good Friday' Agreement, approved in referenda on both sides of the Irish border, inaugurated a 'post-Troubles' period of hope for economic prosperity and urban regeneration. Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, there had been extraordinary transformation in Northern Ireland's society and culture. A protracted peace process, fraught with disturbances and setbacks, led to an internationally celebrated accord between political parties and the establishment of new devolved institutions of government. The Good Friday Agreement was a political deal with an ambiguous outcome; a momentous accord followed by ongoing, arduous disagreement and disengagement. The Troubles appeared to reach an official conclusion as a result of the political parties and national governments arriving at an agreed solution. The Good Friday Agreement activated contradictions in ways discernible as either liberating or newly restrictive. In The marches, Phil Collins asserted representational contradiction in the context of post-conflict resolution.

Ghost-haunted land

Contemporary art and post-Troubles Northern Ireland

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