State violence and collusion in Northern Ireland
October 8, 2015 — Press release
Written by IRR News Team
The latest issue of Race & Class features Mark McGovern’s timely analysis of the colonial roots of state violence and collusion in Northern Ireland.
In 1973, Loyalist paramilitaries threw a grenade into a minibus transporting fifteen construction workers who had been building a Catholic school. Patrick Heenan, 47, took the brunt of the blast and was killed.
In April this year, the family of Patrick Heenan, along with Relatives for Justice, issued legal proceedings against the Ministry of Defence and the now retired General Sir Frank Kitson, targeting him for ‘enabling the architecture’ that allowed for countless assassinations to take place during the conflict in Northern Ireland.
Professor Mark McGovern analyses the construction of this architecture in ‘State violence and the colonial roots of collusion in Northern Ireland’. The nature of collusion in Northern Ireland was, McGovern argues, premised on the counterinsurgency theory and practices of Britain’s colonial campaigns, when the exclusion of colonial peoples from the protections of international law allowed soldiers ‘to carry out their tasks without excessive wear and tear on their consciences’.
The other architects of counterinsurgency aimed to remove ‘enemies’ and induce fear in their target populations by appearing to adhere to the rule of law. While necessity calibrates the extent and nature of state killing, McGovern argues that the law can adapted or subverted to suit counterinsurgency’s ends.
You can buy a copy of the latest issue of Race & Class for £5 here.
The October 2015 issue also includes:
- The Gates of Jerusalem: European revisionism and the populist radical Right by Omran Shroufi
- District 9, race and neoliberalism in post-apartheid Johannesburg by Keith B. Wagner
- Turning the race-class dialectic on its head: the case of an AFL union by Michael J. Roberts
- One Nation Conservatism: a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller case study by Andrew Ryder
- Minority women, austerity and activism by Akwugo Emejulu and Leah Bassel
- The war on welfare and the war on asylum by Jon Burnett
- The secret story of Grenada’s independence by Phil Miller
Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slafi, Murder at Camp Delta: a staff sergeant’s pursuit of the truth about Guantánamo Bay by Joseph Hickman, The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture and The Terror Courts: rough justice at Guantánamo Bay by Jess Brevin (Victoria Brittain)
The Institute of Race Relations is precluded from expressing a corporate view: any opinions expressed are therefore those of the authors.
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