Striking a balance: The Northern Ireland peace process
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By 1993, in the war-wearied island of Ireland, public consensus and government officials displayed a strong desire for peace, economic stability and active partnership between British and Irish governments. 

The first IRA ceasefire was one of the most difficult and crucial achievements of the peace process.

Martin Mansergh

Martin Mansergh describes the early stages of the Irish peace process and the internal and external developments leading to the Downing Street Declaration of 1993 and the first IRA ceasefire in 1994. 

He concludes that progress was underpinned by the acceptance of the end of violence and of democratic means to self-determinism.