Paisley: a time of planting begins…

Paisley’s remarks in the Great Hall makes reference to his arrest in 1998. “But that was yesterday, this is today and tomorrow will be tomorrow. I have not changed my unionism, and I believe the union today is as strong as it has ever been. But in politics as in life it is a truism that no one can have 100% of what they want”. He also said that winning support for the institutions of policing amongst the CAtholic community was key to the reason this settlement would stick when others had foundered. He then quoted Soloman, To everything there is a season. He looked forward to “a time when hate will no longer rule. Today we have begun the work of planting…”

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty