Minister welcomes continuation of PRONI – CAIN partnership

Date published: 10 August 2016

Communities Minister Paul Givan has welcomed the publication of previously secret records through a continuing partnership between PRONI and Conflict Archive on the INternet (CAIN).

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Almost 230 documents relating to 1987 have been added to the CAIN website as part of ongoing work involving the Ulster University and the Public Record Office (PRONI).

The newly released material continues to chart developments arising from the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement back in November 1985.

The Minister said: “The addition of almost 230 documents to this valuable resource is good news for historians, researchers and students alike. I am grateful for the partnership between PRONI and CAIN to make these documents available free of charge.

“It is important that people can access these records to help this and future generations understand more about our history.”

Dr Brendan Lynn, CAIN Deputy Director, added: “CAIN is very pleased to have been able to continue our cooperation with PRONI and to update the existing section with material dealing with the year 1987. The latest additions will bring to more than 1,700 the number of PRONI records available on CAIN.

“The information itself is easily available and free of charge. We believe it will be of great use to students, researchers, teachers and lecturers or to anyone with an interest in the political and social history of Northern Ireland.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Public Record Office of NI (PRONI) is located at 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
  2. The CAIN website provides an extensive range of information and source material on the conflict and politics from 1968 to the present day. The site is used by a worldwide audience and has received more than 19 million visits since it was launched in March 1997
  3. Currently there are over 1,700 PRONI public records on CAIN and which amount to approximately 7,300 pages
  4. CAIN is based within INternational COnflict REsearch Institute (INCORE) at Ulster University. Building on Ulster University’s pioneering work in peacebuilding since the 1970s, INCORE was established in 1993. Based at the University’s Magee campus, it is a centre of excellence, the premier research institute in conflict transformation on the island of Ireland, and an associated site of the United Nations University. 
    CAIN is a component of ARK (Access Research Knowledge) a resource providing access to social and political material that inform social and political debate in the region and raises the profile of social science research. ARK is based within Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast
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