Friday 15 December 2017

Spirit of 1998 is only 'past' the North needs to revisit

There was a real sense of history repeating itself as US diplomat Dr Richard Haass and his colleague Harvard Professor Meghan O'Sullivan appeared before the clicking lenses committing to assist in brokering agreement on the vexed issues which continue to dog the peace process.

Fifteen years after the political settlement encompassed by the Good Friday Agreement there is unfinished business beyond the capacity of local political leaders.

It is a good start that the agenda is at least finite: parades, flags, emblems and 'the past'. But as journalist Eamon McCann has queried, where does the past begin? Nineteen twenty one or 1968 or do we go back to William of Orange?

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