A new edition to coincide with publication of Northern Protestants: On Shifting Ground
Presenting and analysing over 60 in-depth interviews with northern Protestants, this work aims to impart an understanding of the range and complexity of Protestant attitudes in Northern Ireland.
Within the overall Protestant community there is much dissent – there are those who utterly condemn the loyalist paramilitaries, for example, and there are those paramilitaries who despise unionists who, they argue, rely on them to defend Ulster while washing their hands of responsibility. While some Protestants feel relatively comfortable about developments and would welcome an end to the notion of of a Protestant state for a Protestant people, the majority feel a sense of losing ground, of being under threat, of being betrayed.
First published in 2000, Northern Protestants is now regarded as one of the classic books of the Northern Irish conflict, a groundbreaking and uncompromising study based on interviews with a wide range of people. The book was controversial. On its publication a leading Orangeman said that no one should read it. However, the late David Ervine, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party, described it as “true and frightening and painful”.
Reviewing it in the Observer, the late Mary Holland described the author as “one of Ireland’s finest journalists.”