A reciprocal carrot

According to anonymous (again) briefings given to The Irish Examiner’s Harry McGee, there’s quite a carrot being dangled in front of the DUP. Or, rather, it’s being dangled in front of the public for the DUP to reach for… or not.

The article contains what, at first glance, may appear to be a final “ground-breaking movement” (copyright G Adams)

“The IRA will formally declare it is being disbanded before, or during, March 2005 if the staged process that will flow from an agreement proceeds smoothly”

But look again.. there’s that “if the staged process… proceeds smoothly

Now, I’m as optimistic as the next man.. ie not very… but that statement is no different from the previous statement by Gerry Adams, prior to the Leeds Castle talks, when he talked of the IRA going out of business as part of a ‘process of sustainable change’.

There’s a little more detail, in that it includes the information that “the former IRA personnel will form part of an expanded political intelligence-gathering unit” within Sinn F

  • Davros

    “Annex to the agreement” ?
    When is changing the Agreement not changing the agreement? When one adds an Annex.

  • Henry94

    Maybe a signed letter from Tony Blair would do the trick.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    McGee wrote: “The Irish Examiner understands that concessions on OTRs could be offered in an annex to the agreement, becoming the responsibility of the Government rather than the parties, thus allowing unionists to distance themselves from any amnesty.”

    Harry is a little behind the times. The OTRs have been part of the annex to the Joint Declaration for about a year and a half. This was so Trimble could wash his hands of them, as Harry belatedly states.

    The DUP of course will claim it’s all DT’s fault because of their own failure to get the Govt to row back on this Weston Park commitment by Blair.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    I usually like Whelan but this one smells of horse shit. I always associate ‘anonymous’ briefings with the need to meet deadlines.

  • ulsterman

    It is absolute nonsense. By June 2005 the DUP will have 9 if not 10 Westminster seats. The Ulster Protestant will have spoken. SF can go into opposition are go to hell. The murdering bunch of filth that is SF are not wanted.

    There will be no sell out, no compromise and no surrender. The Protestant Nation of Ulster which we won at the Battle of the Boyne is about to be born.

    God Save The Queen.

  • Weapons Of Crass Instruction

    Have to agree with Pat on this one. For me anonymous, in journo parlez, usually translates as unaccountable in the real world.

    P.S. Ulsterman, you weren