He addressed his opening remarks to the sacrifices of the past. He emphasised the need for policies on an all-Ireland basis. He focused on the the future, and said there would be no return to the past. He welcomed Blair’s speech and offered hope of agreement on policing.
But his last appeal was directly to Blair over the heads of Unionists “…accept that the leaderships of political unionism will not journey along the Good Friday Agreement process if they can avoid that”.