According to Ian Parsley, a specialist at the public affairs consultancy Stormont Strategy, there may other, more pressing agendas at work in this appointment:
“Murphys past as NI security minister and (sometimes outspoken, sometimes tacit) opposition to devolution may indicate that Blairs Government feels that dealing with the security situation takes precedence to restoring devolution. Murphy comes from a section of the Welsh Labour Party with a notable antipathy towards Welsh nationalism, so many will be interested to see how that transfers to his work in Northern Ireland.”
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