Thursday 23 February 2017

Peace is too precious a prize to throw away

Editorial

Editorial

DUP leader and First Minister Peter Robinson has 'stepped aside' from his role in the Stormont executive
DUP leader and First Minister Peter Robinson has 'stepped aside' from his role in the Stormont executive

When the Good Friday Agreement was signed, the world watched, and all was clear and transparent. There were no subterranean tunnels where hidden agendas could be carried off and followed out of sight.

Phrases like "tiocfaidh ár lá" and "no surrender" would be robbed of meaning in a new vernacular of hope.

Since then, everyone has profited by peace, but the shadow of the gunman is still hovering in the side streets. Criminality and racketeering are rife and mutterings of bad faith hang over what was a milestone on the road to a new and shared future.

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