Former US President Bill Clinton has reportedly cited “changes to his schedule” for his decision not to attend the US-Ireland Alliance’s planned event on 10 April to mark the 10th Anniversary of the 1998 Agreement – if not The Process in its entirety. Something else on his mind? Perhaps Trina Vargo, president of the US-Ireland Alliance, should consider inviting Mitchell Reiss instead.. or even John McCain.. Apparently the current Northern Ireland First Minister, the DUP’s Ian Paisley Snr, has not yet decided whether he will attend.
Other guests confirmed to attend the event include Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, General John de Chastelain, who oversaw paramilitary decommissioning, former and present SDLP leaders John Hume and Mark Durkan, Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey and ex-Northern Ireland secretary Paul Murphy.