The future is a tangled web

The recent meeting of the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, means two things according to Brian Feeney:

“…chiefly to show that Dublin and London will continue to implement the Good Friday Agreement. And later, “the governments are laying the ground for a long haul. That much was clear before the suspension on October 14 because don’t forget, Trimble was going to pull the executive down in January anyway.”

But he warns:

“With the collapse of the executive Blair had nothing to lose. The question is, since he has no sanctions on republicans, has he simply provided them with another set of levers just as unionists’s demands for decommissioning proved to be?

And finally:

“If Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness manage to stand down the IRA as ‘an active paramilitary organisation’, what will they get in return? Changes so big unionists will be even less likely to cooperate than at present?”