This afternoon at the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched an extended range of digitised archival documents from the NAI relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland. These 750 documents relate to the years 1970–1974 and can now be viewed, free, on the University of Ulster's CAIN database.
This is the second batch of records from the NAI to be added to CAIN. The first batch related to the years 1965–69 and was added to the online archive just over a year ago.
The CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet) database provides extensive information and source material on the conflict and politics of Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present day. The material from the National Archives of Ireland is mostly from various government departments and offers an insight into Dublin's reactions to the ongoing turmoil and Anglo-Irish relations. It will be of particular interest to political and social historians and researchers.