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Politics

Whyte's Northern Ireland Elections Site: This site was constructed by Nicholas Whyte, a former Alliance Party candidate in Northern Ireland and a recent Ph.D.. in the history of Science. He writes: "This site is a guide to recent elections in Northern Ireland. Specifically, it looks at the 1999 election to the European Parliament, 1998 elections to the new Northern Ireland Assembly, the 1997 Westminster parliamentary election, and the 1996 Forum and talks election. I also hope to expand it to include more details of the 1997 local government elections and elections from farther back as well."

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI): "... [T]he official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland. [Their] aim is to collect, catalogue and preserve any documents that provide a legal or historical record of the past. [They] also try to make as many as possible of these records available to the public for consultation and research."

Ulster Nation: This website "seeks to advance the cultural, social, economic, and political well-being and independence of the Ulster people by all honourable means. Thus, the central idea that drives our supporters is the redemption of our independence as a nation. We envision a free and prosperous sovereign Ulster state founded on private property, free association, fair trade, sound money, equal justice before the law and secure borders. A bold, self-confident civilisation  based in large part on its cultural and ethnic Ulster-Scots roots, without ignoring the contribution of Ulster-Gaels." It includes links, a comments section, election information, book reviews, a FAQ section, limited cultural information, and other material.

Political Parties/Nationalist Organizations

Sinn Fein: Frequently called the "political wing of the IRA," Sein Fein declares itself the oldest political party in Northern Ireland. The party's roots are complex, but it gained a substantial boost in public opinion during the hunger strikes in the early 1980s. At that time, Gerry Adams and the rest concluded that a political solution to "The Troubles" is possible. Since that time, Sein Fein has had a fairly credible claim toward speaking for a substantial percentage (though not a majority) of the Catholic voters in Northern Ireland.

Social Democratic and Labour Party: The SDLP is the largest nationalist party in Northern Ireland. It tends to attract Catholics who believe that a peaceful solution to the sectarian problems in Northern Ireland is desirable and that Sein Fein, with its alleged links to the IRA, is not a viable party to support. SDLP leader, David Hume and UUP leader David Trimble recently won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in the Northern Ireland peace process which led to the Good Friday Agreement.

Ulster Unionist Party: The UUP is the dominant unionist party in Northern Ireland. The Party has its roots in the late nineteenth century and represents the more moderate Unionist stance. It's leader, David Trimble, was a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts during the peace process leading to the Good Friday Agreement.

Ulster Democratic Unionist Party: The DUP was founded in the early 1970s and represents the most hard-line Unionist stance among "legitimate" Unionist Parties. The DUP would not take part in the recent peace negotiations because they would not be a party to any talks which involved Sein Fein. They remain in opposition to the Good Friday Agreement.

Nationalism

Links coming soon.

Tourism/Heritage

Northern Ireland: A virtual tour of Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Site - Index: A fairly comprehensive site covering a wide variety of issues and topic related to Northern Ireland, including politics, tourism, weather, geography, leisure, restaurants, etc.

Northern Ireland Tourist Board - the official information Site: The official site of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Site provides information about travel, accommodation, castles, history, etc. (Two versions of the site are offered. The user can choose between a Shockwave or non-Shockwave site.)

History

An Gorta M—r: The Great Irish Famine: A site designed to accompany Professor Thomas Archdeacon's (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) course on the Irish Famine. Site includes a vast collection of information including maps, history, dates, links, a bibliography and more.

Views of the Famine: A collection of contemporary views on the Irish Famine ranging from the British magazine Punch to the Cork Examiner. Given the historiographic debate surrounding the Famine, this is a very useful site.

The Irish Famine, 1845-50: Another impressive collection of materials relating to the Irish famine.

The Irish Potato Famine: Tourism-related links page addressing the Irish Potato Famine.

Irish History on the Web: A collection of materials dealing with Ireland (and Northern Ireland's) histories. Includes lists of suggested readings, genealogy resources, timelines, primary source materials and more.

H-Albion HOME PAGE: Welcome to H-Albion, a member of the H-Net, Humanities & Social Sciences On-Line initiative. H-Albion encourages scholarly discussion of British and Irish history and makes available diverse bibliographical, research, and teaching aids. H-Albion's on-line editors and editorial board serve a broad intellectual community.

IRELAND FACTS AND HISTORY: A very concise history of Ireland.

Understanding Northern Ireland: The conflict in Northern Ireland as presented by the BBC.

CAIN Web Service -The Northern Ireland Conflict: "The CAIN web site provides a wide range of information and source material on 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. The site also contains information on Northern Ireland society and politics in the region."

Irish Diaspora Studies: An interdisciplinary site dedicated to the study of the Irish diaspora. The site is produced by Patrick O'Sullivan.

Center for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland: "The purpose of the Society is to promote research into Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Its membership is open to scholars both from Ireland and other countries. It welcomes members from a wide range of disciplines: literature, history, economics, geography, sociology, theology, women's studies etc. It thus seeks to foster an inter-disciplinary approach to Ninteenth-Century Irish studies."

Irish Views of the Famine: A collection of primary sources offering a window into the Irish experience during the Famine.

CAIN: Northern Ireland Conflict Archive: "This site contains information and source material on 'the Troubles' in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. Also information on society and politics in the region. Material is regularly added to the site and information on particular pages may change. The information is divided into a number of main sections that are accessible by clicking on the 'button' icons below."

Culture

Free Presbyterian Church/Rev. Ian Paisley: The Rev. Ian Paisley remains one of the few figures in modern history who has been a successful political and religious leader. While the DUP (see above) is Paisley's political vehicle, his other major creation is the Free Presbyterian Church.

News organizations

AP/RN HOME PAGE: A Republican/Nationalist weekly newspaper. They write: "An Phoblacht/Republican News is Ireland's biggest selling political weekly newspaper and has been a source of uncensored news on world affairs and the Irish struggle for national self-determination for over 25 years."

The Irish People: "The Irish People is the only newspaper of its kind published in the United States. The Irish People is published 50 weeks a year since 1971. A sixteen page political weekly, The Irish People gives up-to date, uncensored information pertaining to the war in northeast Ireland. It also keeps its readers abreast of events here in the United States aimed at combating the injustices carried out by the British forces of occupation."

Belfast Telegraph: Belfast's major daily newspaper. (Complete version online.)

The Irish News Home Page: A complete online version of "Ireland's fastest growing newspaper." Contains sections on both the Republic and the North.

The Irish Times Home Page: A complete online version of one of Dublin's major newspapers. There is also a section on Northern Ireland.


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