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Public will give the framework a fair wind - if it sets sail soon

Eoghan Harris


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For a people who are obsessed with every petty oppression of the past, it's strange what small attention has been paid to the historic coming together of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.

Critics have concentrated on complaints about the framework document being pie in the sky - a complaint I shall return to presently.

What they ignore are the personal and psychological hurdles faced by the two parties born of Civil War - and, paradoxically, the opportunities opened up if they can clear them.