Is Bertie coming?

Paisley has invited Blair to the re-opening of the Northern Ireland Assembly (Video – realplayer or windows media reqd). The SDLP’s PJ Bradley seems to think it was a Blair only invite and demanded Ahern be invited. However, the BBC seems to think both are.

  • “demanded Ahern be invited”

    That really is pathetic. It’s not just Slugger where whataboutery rules.

  • dodrade

    I’m sure Bertie will be there as well for his pre-election photo op.

  • You can depend on PJ to jump on the bandwagon, long after the band have left the stage. Bertie was never going to miss his photo op before announcing the election date for the Dail. Like Tony he needs a pity of positive PR.

  • SuperSoupy

    It is very likely that the election will be called next week.

  • Chris Donnelly

    SDLP late to the starting line as usual.

    The news was reporting Bertie would be in attendance yesterday afernoon.

  • How many miles must a man…

    …travel to be offended and score some cheap political capital.

  • Philip

    Surely if Ahern is invited, so must be the Scottish and Welsh first ministers?

  • Suilven

    Scotland might have a new First Minister by then…

  • Sam Flanagan

    Strange logic at work here. These are the 2 bullies who threatened Pope Lundy with plan B, yet he thinks it is a good idea to invite them to the establishing of the abomination at Stormont on May 8TH ????

  • phillip
    that’s silly, those others have done nothing, nor were required to in assisting the peace process.
    Bertie has earned his share.
    I wonder though in the photo-op if there’ll be a tri-colour about the place
    Before the unionist heavy-mob come on and tell me why should there be a tri-colour as Norn Iron is part of the UK. D’oh
    Just wondering if a busy little civil servant may be prompted on the occasion to encourage the symbol of friendship between da Nort and da Sout, by flying the flag.
    So in the absence of gesture politics if you see a little guy in the phot-op background waving a tri-colour and being carted off by PSNI, that’s me 😉

  • Hey sam,
    surely you can do better than that; go on give us a O/T biblical quote on the abomination of desolation about to befall the apostates and fornicating political whores of said corrupt and decadent institutions.
    Gissa larf, its fiday.

  • Cormac

    No snowballs from Paisley this time?

    Well, it is (nearly) summer – but perhaps hell has frozen over?

  • Parcifal……you can always claim afterwards that it was just performance art.

  • GavBelfast

    Surely if Ahern is invited, so must be the Scottish and Welsh first ministers?
    Posted by Philip on Apr 20, 2007 @ 05:01 PM

    You would hope so, and why stop there.

    Tynwald, States of Jersey, Guernsey, in fact the Coucil of the Isles (remember it?), EU rep, the UN.

    Oh, and the Swiss Guard of Honour for a blessing from the man in white and the ultimate rapprochement with our new Dear Leader.

    😉

  • sammaguire

    Of course the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales should be invited…..as long as they match the few billion euros that Bertie is conributing to the Northern economy.

  • USA

    IMHO of course Bertie will be there for the reasons outlined in the comments above, why wouldn’t he be?
    Equally there will be no flags due to fair employment legislation….surely this is all obvious.
    Inviting represantatives of Wales and Scotland as guests should not be too controversial, invite the US consul, France etc if you want.

    Barring an unforseen catastrophy Bertie will be there, but is the SDLP guy completely wrong or did Paisley actually issue a statement inviting just Blair? In which case the SDLP guy would have an underlying point. Such a statement would be very disrespectful and calculated to offend.

    I cannot see Paisley making such a statement as the game has fundamentally changed, in fact we are witnessing a paradigm shift in the “wee six”. Any links to back up the SDLP guys claims? or are they completely bogus.
    PS..Good luck with that whole “democracy” thing.

  • USA

    Paisley’s invitation came as part of a question at PMQs on Wednesday. Wouldn’t have been much point asking Bertie since he wasn’t there to respond.

  • kokane

    What about Lizzie 2 – has she not made a habit of opening these kind of gaffes?

    Bertie got a good deal for Articles 2 & 3.

  • caulie

    Hope they have invited Albert Reynolds whose contribution to the peace process has been immense .

  • darth rumsfeld

    of course Bertie should be there, to publicxly demonstrate the joint authority which we all know underpins the DUP surrender

  • Reader

    sammaguire: Of course the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales should be invited…..as long as they match the few billion euros that Bertie is conributing to the Northern economy.
    I should expect so, since Scots and Welsh pay UK taxes (you see, it isn’t really Tony Blair’s money, it’s from the taxpayers).
    And by the way, do you have a link for the ‘few billion’ that Bertie is sending to us? Is it comparable to the 5 Billion per annum from the rest of the UK?

  • sammaguire

    Scotland and Wales are heavily subsidised by money from the South East of England so I don’t think the First Ministers would be comfortable in claiming that some of the peace dividend money is Scottish or Welsh. We in the Republic are rightly contributing our share (remember we have only 2 million tax payers).
    With regard to Bertie, anyone objecting to his presence mustn’t fully realise his role in the peace process…he even took part in the Good Friday Agreement negotiations a few hours after his mother’s death. Full credit to Tony too even if he messed up in Iraq.

  • kokane

    Bertie’s presence at Stormont is to be welcomed if you are a nationalist. But like other aspects of sothern ivolvement in northern affairs – joint news conferences, joint position papers etc – is to what extent they are institutional and to what extent they are based on relationships between existing players that is important. If Cameron or Brown are elected and decide for political reasons ( ie DUP votes in Westminster) they wont do southern involvement then Bertie or his successor may not be invited in future.

  • Reader

    sammaguire: Scotland and Wales are heavily subsidised by money from the South East of England so I don’t think the First Ministers would be comfortable in claiming that some of the peace dividend money is Scottish or Welsh.
    There are net tax contributors in every part of the UK. I reckon I am one; there are plenty in Scotland and Wales too. You say ‘We’ (RoI) are paying our share – but where is your reference to exactly how much?
    By the way, I am pefectly happy for Bertie to be here. But I don’t think he *bought* the seat, unless it’s a teeny weeny seat beside Tony’s.

  • Sean

    The invite. Ian asked the question in Westminster on Wednesday morning, the SDLP issued a statement shortly afterwards demanding An Taoiseach be invited. The only surprise in all of that is that Sinn Fein did not invite Bertie. Perhaps the Brits would not permit them to do so. The SDLP were free to do so as they have no side deals going on, the Brits have not painted them into a corner.

  • TAFKABO

    Is this our shared future?

    Every day another round of whose turn is it to be offended ?

  • Greenflag

    ‘The only surprise in all of that is that Sinn Fein did not invite Bertie.’

    Why surprise ? SF have a general election coming up in the Republic end May/early June and they ‘d rather not see Bertie get too many photo ops at Adams/Mc Guinness expense .

    For the SDLP it does’nt matter -they don’t field candidates in the Republic’s elections .

  • Anselm

    “You can depend on PJ to jump on the bandwagon…”

    How so? Evidence?

    “SDLP late to the starting line as usual.”

    As has become the norm, this just more resentful, SDLP bashing. IMO, I think the SDLP is right to raise this issue. As for the question being raised in PMQs not being relevant to Bertie, there are other ways, means and methods. Lets not fool ourselves here, the masters of spin understand all too well that in politics, timing is everything so why a joint invitation was not issued is worrying. Also, why did SF not have their eye on the ball? Why were they not issuing a similar invitation? This shows that a dog can’r serve two masters, one in the North and one in the South.

  • JoeLeTaxi

    Philip

    “Surely if Ahern is invited, so must be the Scottish and Welsh first ministers?”

    What about the French president for those of us of Norman or Huguenot descent?