The Constitution Unit


Alan Whysall


Honorary Senior Research Associate Email: awhysall@gmail.coma.whysall@ucl.ac.uk

Alan Whysall has for most of the last 20 years been involved with the Northern Ireland peace process as a senior British civil servant in the Northern Ireland Office (with spells in the Cabinet Office in London). He left British Government in summer 2015 and is now Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Constitution Unit at University College London.


Blogs by Alan Whysall 

Challenges to good government in Northern Ireland: charting a future course

Friday, 05 October 2018

The first part of this blog looked at Northern Ireland’s troubled experience with government without ministers for the last year and a half; while the Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry offered colourful but not uplifting revelations about the way it had been conducted under devolution; and Westminster’s conduct of its responsibilities was widely questioned. Alan Whysall […]

Challenges to good government in Northern Ireland: all shapes and sizes of icebergs

Thursday, 04 October 2018

With no ministers in charge since March 2017, public administration in Northern Ireland faces serious challenges. Civil servants have been attempting to keep things running, but on collapsing legal foundations. A public Inquiry has raised issues about competence, commitment and propriety in the old devolved government. There is little energy behind restoration of devolved government, […]

The Good Friday Agreement at 20: what’s next for Northern Ireland?

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Yesterday, in the first of two blogs on the Good Friday Agreement, Alan Whysall discussed where the Agreement had gone wrong and the benefits it has brought Northern Ireland since it was signed in April 1998. In this post, Alan looks at the future of the Agreement, a document he was involved in negotiating and implementing […]

The Good Friday Agreement at 20: what went wrong?

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Good Friday Agreement (also known as the Belfast Agreement) is 20 years old today, but recent events in Northern Ireland have shown that power-sharing has proven a difficult exercise. Alan Whysall, who was involved in the negotiations that led to the Agreement as well as its implementation, examines what has gone wrong since the Agreement was […]

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