Adams wants end to political impasse

Gerry Adams has called for an end to the political impasse, saying that in light of the IRA’s act of decommissioning: The stalemate cannot continue. There needs to be a genuine effort to end it in the months ahead. 2006 will be a make-or-break year for the institutions and the Good Friday Agreement.

  • If only this speech had been billed as ground-breaking in advance.. then Adams might have said something. There’s nothing of any substance there.. alas.. just more of the same waffle and balderdash.. All too common amongst our politicos, unfortunately..

  • paddycanuck

    What sort of substance were you looking for Pete, that the IRA had stood down, and decommissioned all their weapons????

    Oh, thats right they already did that.

    It is obviusly somebody elses turn to play ball.

  • pauldev

    Nonsense Pete B.
    Assess the current situation. The only political party in a hurry for Stormont to be fully revived and the GFA to be fully implemented is SF.
    The others, including Ahern and Blair are in no rush. That is indisputable and it also puts SF in a precarious political position having, quite literally, banked everything on the restoration of stormont. If Stormont is restored relatively quickly, has everyone forgotten IRA disbandment and the fact that it was supposed to remove excuses?, then SF and particularly the leadership is in an embaressing situation. That couldn’t last and as a result republican support for GFA wouldn’t last. The question is whether that is an outcome some in society might like?

  • Ben A

    Good stuff, Pauldev. Another good set of reasons to stall the process.

  • Archibald

    Stall what process?

    We are waiting for Unionism to step up to the mark.

  • Ben A

    lol. Take a joke, mate. As for doing anything to help Republicanism, why would we? You don’t subscribe to the assessment above, do you? Thought you had some smarts…

  • What assessment?

  • Henry94

    Unionism will take any excuse to avoid the inevitable split over power-sharing as a principle.

    The problem for them is Paisley because if he goes with the no-men (and why change now) the moderates will lose.

    So the strategy appears to be to keep looking for excuses and stretch out the process until the old man dies.

    Hence the glee at the Kincaid intervention and the Sunday Times report this morning. It’s all about buying time and waiting for nature to take its course.

  • martin ingram

    Just another year eh Henry

  • Keith M

    Pauldev “… it also puts SF in a precarious political position having, quite literally, banked everything on the restoration of stormont.” Banked everything? Including all the money from the Northern Bank job? I think not!

  • onanothermanswounds

    All,
    The similarites between the end of the PIRA military campaign in 2005 and the end of the Border campaign in 1962 are stark and frightening. It seems that after both that broad Unionism refused to move politically whatsoever. Therefore Nationalists are still locked into an anti democratic set-up whereby Nationalists WILL never exert effective political power. Remember the talk of ‘ending the Nationalist Nightmare’, ‘the North is a failed political entity’, ‘ a sullen opposition’ and so on. Lessons need to be learnt by ALL.

  • lib2016

    onanothermanswounds

    Nationalists are steadily gaining power while unionists are steadily losing it. If a system evolves where the only local power structures are based on the local authority areas that will not suit unionists.

    There’s more than one way to skin a cat!

  • Exactly Lib!

    Let’s see how much Unionism likes the new “Direct Rule”

  • Seano

    Gerry Adams:

    “2006 will be a make-or-break year for the institutions and the Good Friday Agreement.”

    Sounds like he’s already resigned himself of there being no finality in 2006.

  • lib2016

    “Sounds like he’s already resigned himself of (sic) there being no finality in 2006”

    Or any other year, I should imagine. What republicans demand is continual development and growth. It’s the unionists who yearn for an end to history, preferably backdated to the 1950’s.;-)

  • Comrade Stalin

    What sort of substance were you looking for Pete, that the IRA had stood down, and decommissioned all their weapons????

    Oh, thats right they already did that.

    Paddycanuck, the IRA has merely told it’s membership to cease all activities but clearly the organization is still intact. Whatever made you think it had stood down ? Please try to get with the picture.

    onanothermanswounds:

    herefore Nationalists are still locked into an anti democratic set-up whereby Nationalists WILL never exert effective political power.

    The difference between that and 1962 is that the unionists don’t exert effective political power either, in fact the British are stacking the whole process against them. The dynamic has now changed – unionists cannot exercise power unless nationalists also exercise power, and vice versa. This is a wholly different ballgame from 1962 and your suggestions otherwise appear to be malicious.

    Republicans have achieved a great deal. It is certainly true that they have had to throw a lot of their principles out the window along the way in order to do it, to the extent of signing up to a de-facto unionist position in the GFA – but this is a good thing. The problem at the minute is about finding the best way to get recalcitrant unionism to budge.

  • Belfastwhite

    Aye just wait until the water taxes bite! Time for Joint Authority and to pay off the MLA’s methinks.

  • martin ingram

    There is one born every minute.

    Quote”Nationalists are steadily gaining power while unionists are steadily losing it. If a system evolves where the only local power structures are based on the local authority areas that will not suit unionists.

    There’s more than one way to skin a cat”Unquote

    I have to admit that I smiled when I saw this piece above, the SF blogging committee should offer this man a post on the night shift.

    Just another Year.

    Martin

  • Cynic

    After Gerry’s annus horribilis I bet he’d love to see ‘progress’!