The cryptic nature of Gerry Adams’ statements make it difficult to give in any certain connotation. But when he refers to “change happening”, he then catalogues some of the original ‘gains’ under the Belfast Agreement rather than any of the substantive issues, still under dispute:
While considerable time and energy will be devoted in the months ahead to restoring the political institutions it is important that people realise that the situation is not static. Change is happening. The pace may be too slow for us but change is happening incrementally every day. There is a joint Irish/British Secretariat working in Armagh implementing all-Ireland measures across a range of issues. There are co-ordinated major infra-structure projects ongoing. And there is increasing all-Ireland co-operation on health, education, agriculture and other matters.
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