“a clash of dates..”

We knew that former US President Bill Clinton had decided that he had more pressing concerns, and that out-going Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley would also be elsewhere on the day the US-Ireland Alliance are holding a symposium on the 1998 Agreement’s legacy – or rather memorialising the Agreement. Now the BBC reports that “Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has also pulled out because he is visiting the United States” while “former prime minister Tony Blair has a clash of dates involving a family birthday.”