Source: (1999) In Community forgiveness and restorative justice: Essays from the criminal justice system and the peace movement, ed. Robert D. Enright, 31-34. Issue 8 of The World of Forgiveness 2 (May). Madison, Wisconsin: International Forgiveness Institute.

The longstanding conflict in Northern Ireland has been a cycle of retribution and revenge afflicting individuals, families, and communities, not because all were actively engaged in acts of violence, but simply because they belonged to one group or another – Catholic or Protestant, Irish or British. A peace process has begun, however fragile and difficult, as some have sought a way out of the cycle. In this situation, a number of initiatives centering on restorative justice have emerged. Morrow sketches some of the complexity in applying restorative justice in this context of protracted civil conflict.