The Andersonstown News argues that the British and Irish governments have a shared agenda: to contain the Northern Irish problem firmly within Northern Ireland. Albeit , it argues, for vastly different reasons. In London it is to get enough fair treatment for nationalists/republicans/Catholics to keep them quiet but not to allow them power to govern. For Dublin the policy is to get enough British promises of stability in the northeast to keep things quiet and so allow British control “for the foreseeable future”, British promises of fair treatment, but not the reality of it.
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