Mike Mulvaney: Trump’s loss and Northern Ireland’s gain as new US special envoy appointed?

US President Trump has replaced his chief of staff and appointed Mick Mulvaney as US special envoy to Northern Ireland. With incidents of loose language (and embarrassing roll backs) assumed to be reason for his replacement, Mulvaney may need to be extra careful with his comments once on the ground in Northern Ireland if he is to use his undoubted political skill to make a contribution to the ongoing peace process.

Mitchell Reiss: “Governments often have information about illegal activities that they decide not to prosecute…”

The Irish Echo reports comments from then-US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, Mitchell Reiss, on the Wikileaked US Embassy cables from 2005.  From the Irish Echo report “I believe the taoiseach believed what he told me,” recalled Reiss in the interview. “This was the taoiseach speaking. The cable doesn’t give you my opinion. I certainly had no evidence whether these men were complicit or not. “Governments often have information about illegal activities that they decide not to prosecute for a …

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Wikileaks: “What [Sinn Féin] cannot stand, he said, is skepticism.”

The Guardian has a good round-up of most of the significant Process™ related sections of the US Embassy cables released by Wikileaks.  But there are a few sections worth highlighting in that they corroborate elements of other accounts that have been published previously.  In particular the account by Mary-Alice Clancy. From a US Embassy cable dated 04 February 2005 5. (C) XXXXXXXXXXXX said that the GOI’s approach to the peace process was to “sit tight” and let Sinn Fein find its way back. Equally, …

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