This is another question from the same transcript that I noted below but needs a separate thread as it deals with a particular topic that has been highlighted here over the past weeks, Sinn Féin’s position on policing, and specifically, what the Prime Minister expects to happen..From the transcript of the press conference
Taoiseach, Prime Minister, two questions. For the Prime Minister, before there would be an Assembly up and running would you expect Sinn Fein to say that it’s supporters should give their backing to the police service? And Taoiseach we saw the very fine documentary on television last night about the hunger strikes, and I suppose it put in context how far this society has moved. The violence, in many respects, has stopped. How important or otherwise is it that there should be a Parliament in place here at all, if it’s going to be as dysfunctional as at present?
On the first point, I obviously want everyone to make sure that they support the police in the work that they do. If there is somebody who is guilty of a criminal offence the community needs to support the police in bringing those people to book. That is the way a democratic society works and that of course is important. And incidentally on the point about the Preparing for Government Committee we had some quite graphic accounts of its work so far. But I think that in the end the fact is the more that people are at least sitting round a table and talking the better. The only way you’re ever going to get this thing back up and running again is if people accept the reality that they are going to be working alongside each other in government. And, you know, at some point there has to be a sufficient ability within the process for people to understand that this is, in part, about reports and rules and processes, but it’s also, in part, about an attitude of mind that respects the other person and is willing to work with them. No government will work unless that is the case.
Nope, I can’t see where he answered the question either…