Our politicians must cease pretence that Sinn Féin is normal party
Like many thousands of others, I remember vividly the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and how we all felt about it.
We were happy. Or at least we tried to be happy. We had witnessed, often participated in, something historic and something full of promise. After three decades of cruelty and slaughter, Northern Ireland had the chance to enjoy the blessings of peace and reconciliation.
We also felt real admiration for those who had negotiated the agreement and the decommissioning of the IRA's arsenal.