As Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern meet today, the top of the agenda will be the IRA. However, there is little prospect of anything moving until the Unionists are convinced that the IRA has effectively gone away for good. As Tommie Gorman pointed out on Morning Ireland this morning, the generation of wish lists is something of an art form, compromise isn’t. Welcome to the realm of watching paint dry.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty