Ahern: “Protect and nurture…”

Bertie was keen to see it in the longer view of British and Irish history. “Our task is to protect and nurture what has been achieved today”. He finished by quoting King George V from the first opening of Stormont in the 20s: “I appeal to all Irishmen to pause, to stretch out the hand of forbearance and conciliation, to forgive and forget, and to join with me in making for the land they love a new era of peace, contentment and goodwill”.

  • Bertie paid great tribute to Blair. I do sincerely hope NI will be his legacy; Iraq was really Bush’s war and tony got seduced.
    Great quote from King George V; what a guy this bertie is, practising what he preaches, with a Boyne meeting soon to come.
    Can’t ask for anymore.. moving day indeed.

  • smcgiff

    Bertie’s biggest problem was to whoop up the Irish and British connection and not eat too much into his upcoming Westminster speech. 🙂


    I think Bertie will be joining Blair on the backbenches very soon.

  • Tkmaxx

    Fair play to Bertie and Blair Paisley McGuinnes and co – it was great to watch – Bertie and Paisley got the speeches of the day. Leave the the day on the high of hope.

  • esmereldavillalobos

    I got a real ‘end of era’ feeling watching all of the events this morning as opposed to the beginning of a new one – mutual thanks and back-slapping all round but a feeling of new blood being required to take it all forward from now: Baby Doc, Murphy, Long et al, time to step up.

    To quote another PM “…this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

  • Oranges for Sale

    So how many ‘new eras’ have there been so far up at Stormont?

  • Haughey robbed the country blind but he signed the AngloIrish Agreement after Garret negotiated it – now we have another Taoiseach “who seems to have been accumulating money and treasure like some kind of dragon”* but who has done the business on “de Nort”.

    * another Twenty Major classic

  • carlosblancos

    Northern Ireland will slip off the world’s front pages tomorrow for ever. Onwards to the anonyimity befitting a country of our size, and very welcome given the past forty years.

  • smcgiff


    The old Chinese curse, ‘May you live in interesting times,’ may be coming to an end! 🙂

  • heck

    I can’t help feeling that this is the end of “the troubles” for our generation. However the king George quote, plus my own comparison of Adams with Dev, make’s me think that in 50 years our children and grandchildren will be back here. I would have thought that we would have learned from Francis Fukuyama’s essay not the claim “the end of history” prematurely. (Look were that ended!!!)

    Michael Shilladay in another thread talked about a unionist opposition and “normal politics”. You can’t have normal democratic politics unless there are regular changes of government and unless, to use an American phrase, the people can “vote the bums out”. That will never happen in Norn Iron because the constitutional question will be the back drop to every election.

  • darth rumsfeld

    any truth in the suggestion that Paisley asked for tips on how to get his office redecorated?- apparently £30k ought to cover it.

    I’ll get me sash

  • Ahern’s speech was pretty good. Definatley can’t accuse him of pandering to any of the republicans in the rooom.