The delegations at the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation include Fianna Fail, SDLP, Fine Gael, the Labour Party, Sinn Féin, the Progressive Democrats, the Alliance Party, the Green Party, independent Dail deputies, the Womens Coalition, independent senators, the Socialist Party and the Workers Party. In the chair is Senator Maurice Hayes, a former Ombudsman in Northern Ireland, who also served on the Patten Commission on Policing.
There are no Unionist parties in attendence, although the Irish Independent has a short direct message to Unionists; ‘just turn up and we’ll hear what you have to say’. It’s doubtful if they will have many takers.
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