Thursday briefing for parties

According to one report, an Irish government spokesman has confirmed that, on Thursday afternoon in Dublin, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will brief the SDLP, Sinn Féin and, interestingly, the Alliance Party on the joint government proposals, expected to be announced on April 6th. Presumably that means the UUP and the DUP are expecting the same in Downing St.. unless Peter Hain has other ideas.. I guess we will find out if there’s a problem as that date, April 6th, gets closer.

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  • Cdy

    It is my understanding, reading between the lines that Peter Hain believes that Irish unity is the best way forward for the =North. Putting the mindless bigotted hatred to one side, just look at what is happening. Northern Ireland is in the doldrums, whilst the Republic is the fastest growing nation economically over the last 20 years in Western Europe. Northern Ireland is in contrast a problem, and London cannot wait to withdraw it’s troops fast enough and with it offer concessions to Republicans in order to plan a roadmap for reunification. The South is attractive to foreign investors and is thriving -just look at Letterkenny and compare it to the rest of County Derry/Londonderry. This man is not stupid, and can see that unification will benefit all in the long run (apart from layabouts who do not want to work and claim benefits from the British state). Northern Ireland is dependent on public sector jobs also, and this also appears to be an extremely costly and inefficent system compared to the rest of the UK. Northern Ireland is a burden on the British taxpayer, there is no two ways about it. If the local politicians do not start doing their jobs, the British and Irish Governments need to do it for them. The DUP needs to wake up and smell the coffee – taking their ball home will no longer be tolerated!

  • TAFKABO

    So, according to your analysis, Republicans need to be offered concessions in order to prepare a roadmap for a united Ireland?

    I not convinced you’ve thought this whole thing through.

  • Yokel

    hain will be here what a year or so? Then what, what he thinks has its limits just wait and see.

  • fair_deal

    The announcement of the government package for deprived Loyalist communities is on the 4th April

  • cdy

    Any “concessions” towards demilitarisation, cross border co-operation, cutting down on public sector jobs all benefit the British Government in the long term, providing there is peace.

  • Yokel

    Deprived loyalist communities..so what are they going to give them, some new playgrounds and a community centre or two..wasted money..a joke. Having come from a so called deprived area I wouldnt give them a penny, I’d be asking them to take the jobs that employers currently need to go to Eastern Europe to fill…., if they need training, send it on that…but they won’t take them..there’s yer problem.