better for them to stay home and work out their problems

The BBC’s Gareth Gordon begins by quoting former Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory, writing in 2000, on the invitations to the White House St Patrick’s Day celebration, “So I have a feeling and I don’t know how widespread it is… that really this year it might have been better for them to stay home and work out their problems. And not come again until it was finally settled.” and suggests that advice should have been followed this year too. He looks for any sign for optimism – the only item he finds is the glister of the DUP’s announcement that they met with Rev Mervyn Gibson, chairman of the Loyalist Commission.. and that’s not much of a glister. But he does provide a suitably vague quote from Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, Peter Hain, “We’ll be ready to announce what we’re going to do about restoring the institutions when we’re ready to announce it”.. ah yes..still finalising that strategy then…

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  • Comrade Stalin

    The Loyalist Commission is a body which exists for the purpose of making paramilitaries looks like statesmen. It is singularly unsurprising to find that the DUP are meeting that body.

    Why is the DUP happy to meet unelected loyalists, but not happy to meet elected republicans ?

  • slug

    Will the DUP leader be the only NI party leader at home to celebrate St Patrick’s Day?

  • aquifer

    We live in a funny world. The Irish celebrate a british saint, the unionists define a sectarian union that the british will not defend, and the nationalists invent a cultural ireland that northern protestants cannot join. If the EU and America did not insist on 32 county capitalism for the socialist republicans we could have been in trouble.

  • dodrade

    Anyone else find it funny how Ireland’s Politicians always go to the United States for the “national” holiday?

    The truth is Saint Patrick’s day is not truly an Irish occasion but an Irish American shandig. Exactly what green beer has to do with Irishness we may never know.