All roads lead back to the negotiating room…

One snippet worth preserving from last Sunday’s Sunday Sequence report from Malachi O’Doherty, is this advice from Mairtin O’Muilleoir to the Basques, who warns them that settlement never comes from the barrel of a gun. You can download the precise piece from here.

  • Dewi

    Mick – read better as “Basks” – I thought u were talking about a bunch of Whales !

  • Call it a bad grammar/spelling day! Trying to concentrate on something other than Slugger does it!

  • Rory

    Really, Dewi! A basque, as any sophisticated gentleman knows, is a curvaceous, tight fitting undergarment often worn by les belles de nuit and, strangely enough, many large hairy men with walrus moustaches.

  • mick hall

    Not sure what point is being made here, of course if the Provos or ETA had defeated their opponents in the field there would have been no need for a round table. What is O’Muilleoir saying that victory was never an option, nor is he taking into account what the other side brings to the table, for example in 75 the British brought nowt.

    Also did I hear a Freudian slip when he said the Republicans were not allowed to leave the table. [in the GFA negotiations] Whoops.

    It is also sadly untrue to say that a settlement never comes from the barrel of a gun, indeed does anyone really believe that this current settlement would have come about without the Provos arsenal lurking in the background or that of the ANC army in SA.

    We might be all lovey today, especially those like O’M with their feet comfortable under a table piled high with British, RoI, EU subsidies, but when the nationalist were unarmed all Stormont offered was a B specials baton in the gut, the same went for the apartheid regime, lets stick to reality.

    If there is a political avenue available take it by all means, ETA should lay down their arms and come in from the cold for the simple reason they are not going to achieve their aims by armed struggle, as history has moved on and they have remained in a time warp. Surly that is a good enough reason on its own without re writing Irish history..

  • Turgon

    Mick hall,
    “all Stormont offered was a B specials baton in the gut, the same went for the apartheid regime, lets stick to reality. ”

    Yes Stormont was far from perfect but please “lets stick to reality” and stop the MOPEry, Stormont was not apartheid South Africa. To describe it as such is to deemene your own obvious intelligence and insult those black people who suffered a great deal under the wrongs of apartheid.