Thursday 30 March 2017

David Andrews: The night a tired Blair snapped at me during Good Friday stand-off

David Coleman Andrews

THERE have been tomes written about the Good Friday Agreement so in one small article I can only record a few small personal memories of the period.

My first involvement in Northern Ireland was in the early talks of 1992. That was when the indomitable Patrick Mayhew (who claimed west Cork ancestry) and his junior minister Jeremy Hanley (son of the comedian Jimmy Hanley) were involved.

The great difficulty of these talks arose from the fact that the Unionists, and particularly the DUP, didn't want to be involved. The latter seemed to be appalled that they were happening at all.

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