Certain categories of news go on for so long, and narrate such a sense of sheer hopelessness that we become apathetic. One such category is Northern Ireland. Tribalism is always ugly, and none more so than this.
But this said, the news that Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley are finally sitting with each other is news indeed. This is a momentous event and must be treated as such. It isn’t the end of the road by any means – they will disagree, even if they manage to get to talk to each other properly.
Although I will not congratulate them. Paisley is right that the events must not be forgotten. We must remember the past to make sure it does not happen again. And with Paisley and Adams, they, too, must remember the parts they played, and those who are not here to congratulate them.
© Anthony North, Mar 2007
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