Saturday 25 March 2017

For once, parties can agree – Hillary's a class act

IT'S still enough to give the head-staggers to anyone who watched from either near or afar as the two communities of the North tore each other apart for so long, with such violence and seemingly little hope of any peaceful resolution.

It really isn't that many years since the notion that the likes of Ian Paisley, Gerry Adams, John Hume, David Trimble, Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson could sit in the same room, breaking bread rather than crockery, seemed the stuff of hallucination.

But they were all seated at tables in the Titanic museum in Belfast yesterday, among over 400 guests who had gathered to bid farewell to a woman who has played a crucial role in turning this hallucination into reality.

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