#Haass talks D-Day-No Agreement

Well it’s nearly over. After three months of talks and attempted deal Dr. Haass and Prof. O’Sullivan will end their talks on flags, parades and the past.

At the moment we are looking at an announcement of a deal or failure to agree at around midnight. It may well be the latter as Tracey Magee from UTV tweeted just a moment ago these comments from Jeffrey Donaldson

This tweet from Gareth Gordon of the BBC gives a good insight into moving timetables that have been going on throughout the day

At 7.38pm-Jamie Bryson tweeting that he is ‘Contented and pleased there will be no deal done and Haass will head on home.’

At 9pm-Protestant Coalition released a statement

Whilst there we were informed late this afternoon that deals had been agreed on Flags and Parades but regardiing the Past the shinners were holding out for a deal to be made where their border campaign would be scrubbed from the histo…ry books. Truthfully we cannot see the Unionist parties agreeing such a move as this would mean no convictions for the IRA murderers who cleansed the border of many good people over the years without justice being achieved for the victims and their families

 

10.25pm-It will be a very long night

11:10pm-Delays and still all to play for

11:17pm-Something from Sinn Fein now

12:40am-A final draft of proposals has been delievered to the parties.

12:49am-Brian Rowan says the new draft includes list of conflict era themes to be examined

1:30am-Reports that there will be another hour of talks.

Result-Talks have ended without agreement. The deal has won broad support from Sinn Fein but there were still too many remaining areas of conflict for parties like the DUP.

So what did I learn tonight? Effectively nothing changed from 7pm-see Tracey Magee’s tweet for Unionists to agree a deal. Jamie Bryson was actually accurate as to how things would pan out and that I bone I asked to be thrown was more like brick to the head.

Is anybody to blame for the talks not working or was it just a farce to begin with?

 

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs