Saturday 16 December 2017

John-Paul McCarthy: Airbrushing unionists from 'hope and history' narrative

John Major addresses The British Irish Chamber of Commerce in PwC, Dublin
John Major addresses The British Irish Chamber of Commerce in PwC, Dublin

John-Paul McCarthy

Sir John Major's return to Dublin last week provided a vivid window into official Ireland's self-image. There was scarcely a dry eye in Iveagh House as the former British prime minister relived the glory days of Anglo-Irish relations circa 1993. His remarks echoed the Tanaiste's introductory speech in that both gave the impression that the peace process in Northern Ireland was really an intergovernmental operation.

Major did make time to speculate about the possibility of Gerry Adams being murdered by his colleagues after his parley with John Hume, but this rather jarred for various reasons.

Firstly, Major did not dwell on the fact that Adams and the IRA actually opposed the Downing Street Declaration because it constituted a flat rejection of their own preferred version of "national self-determination".

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