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Compiled: Martin Melaugh ... Additional Material: Brendan Lynn and Fionnuala McKenna
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initial letter of the name of the organisation
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Quango(s)
Quango is the unofficial term applied to what are known as 'quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations' or 'non-departmental public bodies'. In essence these are bodies established by the British government and consisting of people appointed by ministers or civil servants. Examples include the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), the Health and Social Services Boards (HSSBs) as well as the Education and Library Boards (ELBs). Quangos are often criticised for their secrecy and lack of accountability.


Quaker House
Established in 1982 in Belfast by Quakers from Britain and Ireland as a contribution towards reconciliation and a just peace in Northern Ireland. Representatives of the organisation talk with politicians, officials, community workers, and people from all other walks of life. Involved in a range of activities including prison issues, peace and mediation work, and justice issues.


Queen's University of Belfast (QUB)
The oldest of the two universities in Northern Ireland. The QUB began as Queen's College in 1845 and became a university in 1908. The university has over 1,000 full-time academic staff and over 13,000 full-time and part-time students. The QUB has had many academics who have written and lectured on the Northern Ireland conflict and related topics. In addition to history the QUB also has an Institute of Irish Studies which produces a range of publications on aspects of the Northern Ireland conflict. The People's Democracy grew out of the student movement in the university in October 1968.
(see also: People's Democracy)
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Notes:
(xx)     Indicates that an entry is being prepared.
(?)     Information is a best estimate while awaiting an update.
(??)     Information is doubtful and is awaiting an update.
[Main Entry]     Indicates that a longer separate entry is planned in the future.

For related and background information see also:

  • The list of acronyms associated with 'the Troubles'.
  • The glossary of terms related to the conflict.
  • The biographies of people who were prominent during 'the Troubles'.
  • The chronology of the conflict.

Sources:
The information in the abstracts has been compiled from numerous primary and secondary sources. The best general sources for additional information are:


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