Ahern: what Sinn Fein need to do…

Broom of Anger has snipped an interesting section of the Dail debate yesterday, in which the Taoiseach lays out the conditions for the beginning of any resumption of the devolved institutions in Northern Ireland.

After re-iterating the importance of the principle of inclusion, he gave an idea of the metrics required from the Republican movement to come back into the large tent it had so lately deserted:

…there is no possibility whatsoever of making progress on the peace and confidence that leads to an inclusive working executive and administration in Northern Ireland under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement unless the Sinn Féin leadership comes back to both the Irish Government and the British Government, as requested, to give us answers about the three areas on which we asked for answers, that is, paramilitarism in all its effects and particularly the issues of decommissioning and criminality. I do not think, even if we get answers, we will be able to move fast, but we certainly cannot move in the short term without those answers.

  • drumcree

    I think we should pause and reflect on Sinn Fein’s enduring arguments that the two Governments must not be held to ransom by the “Unionist veto”.

    Has the world gone mad, or is the Taioseach not explicitly accepting Sinn Fein’s veto on the Northern Ireland process, until Sinn Fein (themsleves alone) decide that they wish to re-engage in the peace process. If this was the position taken by any unionist, there would be an outcry, and probably rightly so. The current position of the two government’s as the political ringmasters, that there is no process without Sinn Fein, must be challenged for what it is, complete hypocrisy.

    Sinn Fein has dictated the rules of this game for far too long, and those who espouse democracy and non violence have an obligation to maintain the integrity of a democratic political system. This is particularly so for the players in the Republic of Ireland’s political scene, where Sinn Fein is increasingly the young and trendy Irish party. Perhaps the main Irish political parties should reflect that one day in the not too distant future they may wake up to the nasty surprise that their democracy has been contaminated with this very influence which they chose to ignore in Northern Ireland.

  • Jacko

    Leaving aside the dodgy reportage, Daily Ireland (or Daily Liar as Broom of Anger has accurately renamed it) has been, let’s just say, “economical with the truth” on a few other points as well.

    Most striking was it’s claim to have already on-board a regular columnist from the unionist community. The only problem was that those they named, when approached, claimed to have no knowledge of any such arrangement.
    Well, I suppose you could argue “It’s the thought that counts.”

  • Jimmy Sands

    Today’s Volkischer Boebachter, while we’re on the subject, has the following scoop on SF’s 1918 election performance: “The party gained more than 80 per cent of the popular vote,”. Does anyone believe this to be a genuine mistake?

  • Jacko

    Even if any of us did hold out some hope that things might be otherwise, seems like within a few issues we can fairly judge what this “newspaper” is going to be all about.

    It doesn’t even pretend, except in its sales pitch, to represent the broad nationalist position, its merely lies and propoganda in support of a single party and its allies.