Did US St Patrick’s day concerns about OFMdFM’s inability to co-ordinate prompt Hass intervention?

After his interview with a former US Consul to Belfast, Steven McCaffrey wonders if OFMdFM suggestions that the engagement of Richard Haas was largely on their own initiative, are somewhat exaggerated:

The fact that Mrs Stephenson appears to track recent political progress as having started after Northern Ireland leaders met President Barack Obama in Washington on St Patrick’s Day makes it tempting to wonder – rightly or wrongly – who we really have to thank for the positive new policies unveiled at Stormont in May.

In his interview with Barbara Stephenson, he notes that for a time the US thought… “it may be like a bicycle that doesn’t keep moving forward, it may be falling over…”

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