Peace in our time

From the Irish Times

The Rev Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness today mark the end of
almost four decades of bitter and bloody conflict in Northern
Ireland when they are formally appointed first minister and deputy
first minister.

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and British prime minister Tony Blair
will be in the visitors’ gallery of Parliament Buildings, Stormont
this morning to witness the creation of a powersharing government
led by political polar opposites the Democratic Unionist Party and
Sinn Féin.

This will be the first time that Northern Ireland will be run by
a government in which all the main nationalist and unionist parties
have agreed to operate power together.

Ted Kennedy has been asked by the White House to represent Bush at the ceremony.

Amazing. Didn’t think I’d ever see it.

3 thoughts on “Peace in our time

  1. And thank God it will be Ted Kennedy and not George Bush. Can you IMAGINE what Bush would do at such a ceremony?

  2. It must burn Dubya’s britches to be reminded again what an international leader his predecessor was (and still is). To know that he had nothing to do with this successful moment. But when has he ever been interested in peace?
    I’ll grudgingly give him props for showing the decency to have Senator Kennedy represent him at the ceremony (instead of, say, Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity).

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