Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and Wales, Peter Hain’s speech to the Labour Party conference hasn’t exactly generated a lot of coverage beyond a niche market. The Belfast Telegraph reported before the speech was delivered.. and there’s not much more beyond what he has said previously – apart from the comparison with Wales.. but the BBC reports Hain’s somewhat bizarre claim, made after the speech, that releasing the inventory of decommissioned PIRA weapons would “risk the security of Northern Ireland, or national security”.. That’s not what John de Chastelain said and he seems prepared to release that inventory when his mandate is completed.[pdf file]
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