More progress

The call to lay down arms has really acted as an impetus to reignite the discussion around the Irish
problem. Obviously there was behind the scenes discussions going on all the time, that is the nature
of politics, but the public announcement has put the whole issue center stage again.
The dismantling of the military watch towers and listening posts are symbolic steps that add
credence to the discussion, however the Rev Paisley’s comments add somewhat of a damper to the air
of optimism that is now prevalent. Time will tell if he is just being obstructionist or rightfully
cautious. I look forward to the implement ion of the Good Friday Agreement. At least channels are
now being opened to start talking about restoration of power sharing.

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