Did you get an invite?

The Irish Times’ Denis Staunton reports[subs req] that the “leaders of all five main political parties in the North will be invited to the White House for St Patrick’s Day next week.” and that “The families of murder victims Robert McCartney and Joseph Rafferty will also be invited to the celebrations, along with representatives of the North’s Policing Board.” He also notes, as is generally expected, that “Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams will be granted a visa to visit the US but is not expected to be allowed to engage in fundraising.” which may mean some careful thinking is needed about an appropriate response. In any event the speech-writers will need to dig out the thesaurus again.. erm.. what did we say last year?

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  • DK

    Should be fun arranging the seating for that gathering, if they all turn up.

    DK

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    How did the Rafferty’s merit an invite?

  • FK

    Don’t worry Pete I’m sure that there will be some special “Bushisms” for the day. http://www.slate.com/id/76886/
    FK

  • Belfast Gonzo

    David Ervine was invited, but didn’t the UVF ceasefire cease to be recognised last September?

  • Pete Baker

    What’s sauce for the goose, Gonzo… another strategic decision perhaps?