NORTHERN IRELAND: Coalition by Compromise

Ireland has traditionally been the graveyard of British political reputations. During his nearly two years as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, William Whitelaw has occasionally sounded as if he too were headed for an early political demise. But last week Whitelaw ebulliently returned to Westminster with a diplomatic triumph. Five months after the election of the new Northern Ireland Assembly, Whitelaw had fashioned a delicate agreement that promised to end 50 years of Protestant domination in the torn province and, for the first time, give the Catholic minority a genuine...

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