Adams: there is a way forward…

Normally St Patrick’s Day is a bit of a no news day for Slugger. Today appears to be an exception. Gerry Adams’ set piece for the day is in the New York Daily News. It’s the party’s best shot to date at placing the blame for the breakdown in negotiations before Christmas on the DUP:

But the DUP stated it was not content with the commission, led by Canadian Army Gen. John de Chastelain, overseeing the process, as had occurred in stages before and had been agreed upon. The IRA then agreed to allow a Protestant minister and a Catholic priest to also confirm the decommissioning. Paisley and his DUP still would not agree, demanded photographs, stated the IRA must wear “sackcloths and ashes” in an act of humiliation, and walked away as the talks ended in failure.

There is no little mention of the McCartney case.

  • fair_deal

    The proposal for photographs was put forward by the two governments and the republican movement rejected it as well as the phraseology on criminality.

    Personally after the bank robbery and the McCartney murder the republican movement should be told photos aren’t enough now to restore trust.

    How’s about a live broadcast with the money generated from the television rights going to victim’s groups?

  • Henry94

    The problem is that when guns are part of the negotiations then everybody is entitled to a say on how they are disposed of.

    The IRA should just do it with DeChastelain.

    While they are at it they could announce that the mandate for the second Dail has expired, the Army Council no longer holds it and it can only be renewed by an election of a governmment by all the people of Ireland.

    The GFA is the mechanism for bringing about that situation through peaceful and democratic means.

  • Moderate Unionist

    What we always hoped the analysis would be, but the principle of consent is paramount and I think it will be along time before that arguement is won.

    The legacy of the armed struggle is that the possibility of a United Ireland has receded rather than advanced.