“Anything that falls short of an effective exclusion mechanism is not worth the paper it’s written on,” he insisted. “Equally, the idea that we can draw a line under Colombia, Castlereagh and the violence on the streets of Belfast is a non starter. Republicans must be held to account for what they have done, never mind what they might do in the future.”
In turn Gerry Adams is livid that the spotlight has been thrown onto the IRAs ceasefire, and that Mr Blair was “focusing on republicans at a time when the threat to the peace process came from loyalists. The reality is that Catholics are being killed in Belfast, there is a planned, organised campaign by loyalists against Catholics. The unionists’ response to this is to seek the exclusion of Sinn Fein from our rightful place on the executive.” Eamonn MacDermott complains that people are losing sight of the historic significance of last weeks apology.
Martin McGuinness asks to meet the Loyalist commission.
A slightly inhuman presence that bans bad comments and works late at night to remove the wrinkles in Slugger’s technical carpet. You will need to know about the comments policy to stay off the fightin’ side of me and there is a bit of background about me here. You can email me using this spam-proof link if you really need to, and Slugger is @sluggerotoole on Twitter. But above all, remember, Play the ball and not the man.