Well Bertie Ahern’s latest word is that other parties just won’t have it. The issue has been in train since Ahern announced his intention to examine this issue back in the summer of 2002. And even now, it is not ruling out the possibility of its re-introduction at some future point. And has been significantly re-visited several times. For now, as Sinn Fein’s leader in the Dáil says Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin points out, Northern Irish representatives will have “the same billing as dozens of lobby groups”.
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