Wednesday 18 July 2018

Peace talks with North Koreans? Lads, please stick to the day jobs

'Halligan’s Korean trip is a characteristic display of his naivety mixed with arrogance.'
'Halligan’s Korean trip is a characteristic display of his naivety mixed with arrogance.'
John Downing

John Downing

Finian McGrath has come out swinging and he is not ready to relent on moves to open nuclear peace talks with the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un. Many in the Government are horrified, while others just nod their heads and laugh wryly.

As far as the Opposition, especially Fianna Fáil, is concerned, this one is a gift. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney are determined that this peace mission is simply not going to happen and they want it tidied away as quickly as possible.

Mr McGrath's Independent Alliance colleague, Waterford TD John Halligan, is due to get a full update on the North Korean situation as part of efforts within the Coalition to stand down the endeavour, which also includes Transport Minister Shane Ross.

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