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Drafting the Downing Street Declaration

Writing Peace

Wednesday 6th December, 5-7pm

Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St, Dublin 2


Seán Ó hUiginn

Máire Geoghegan Quinn

Sir Jonathan Stephens


The Event

Wednesday 6th December, 5-7pm
Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St, Dublin 2

You are warmly invited to a drinks reception and panel discussion to mark thirty years since the Downing Street Declaration and the publication of new resources exploring it's origins.

Register for the event here.

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What is Quill?

Quill's mission is to promote better understanding of the documents that underpin peace and democracy, and guarantee our rights and freedoms

Quill models formal negotiations, including legislative and quasi-Parliamentary processes, making them visual.

Learn more about Quill here.

The Downing Street Declaration Project at Quill

This project aims to model the series of formal and informal negotiations which led to the publication, in December 1993, of a declaration issued jointly by the British and Irish Governments.

The Joint Declaration was a critical policy document which paved the way for a ceasefire and the entry of Sinn Féin into formal talks. It also laid out a shared set of principles – including, crucially, self-determination for the people of Ireland subject to the consent of the people of Northern Ireland – which would come to underpin the Belfast Good Friday Agreement and provide a framework for its ratification.

Commentary from Professor Ian McBride