The Dalriada Document -Professor Brendan O’Leary

31 07 2016

Dalriada

 

A very interesting document by political scientist Professor Brendan O’Leary, the following is from the introduction

“This document was written in a cottage very close to Dalriada Avenue in the village of Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim on the north-east coast of Northern Ireland. Across the North Channel the Mull of Kintyre is strikingly visible in good weather. Dál Riata, also known as Dalriada or Dalriata, was an Irish-speaking polity that included parts of western Scotland and northeastern Ireland. The argument advanced here is not a romantic fantasy that wills the resurrection of the ancient polity of Dalriada (or its language); instead the Dalriada Document responds to the fact that the present needs and mandates in historic Ulster and Scotland are in deep danger of being ignored in current political deliberations. What is sketched here is a multinational compromise of potential benefit to the peoples of these islands, and the peoples of the European Union. It respects the preferences democratically expressed in different parts of the two Unions that make up the United Kingdom and those expressed in Gibraltar in 2016, and those expressed in both parts of Ireland in 1998, and in Scotland in 1997 and 2014.”

http://www.centreonconstitutionalchange.ac.uk/sites/default/files/papers/The%20Dalriada%20Document.pdf

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