Friday 24 February 2017

Wisdom of letting North's two tribes settle differences

The two-government roadshow is running out of steam in the latest peace bid, says John-Paul McCarthy

John-Paul McCarthy

Tanaiste Eamonn Gilmore
Tanaiste Eamonn Gilmore

There was an interesting exchange in the Dail last week between the Tanaiste and the Sinn Fein TD Sean Crowe.

Crowe complained about the suggestion in some quarters that the Irish and British governments had adopted "a sort of ambiguous role" in the Haass talks in Northern Ireland, and that "they were actually hard-hearted in regard to their involvement and were stepping back".

The Tanaiste replied without missing a beat, and reminded his questioner that "the deputy must remember this process was initiated in Northern Ireland ... It was always intended that these would be talks between the parties in Northern Ireland."

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