A Student of History

January 30, 2007

Toward elections

Filed under: Ireland — John Maass @ 5:30 pm

In a very brief follow up to my post yesterday on the possibly historic events in No. Ireland, the Washington Post reports today that Britain “shut down Northern Ireland’s legislature Tuesday and planned a new election to determine the fate of power-sharing, the central goal of the peace accord for this British territory.”  It goes on to report “The closure of the Northern Ireland Assembly-a 108-member body elected in 2003 but which failed to form an administration-will permit Protestant and Catholic parties to campaign for stronger mandates in a March 7 election.  The governments of Britain and Ireland want the next assembly to form a Catholic-Protestant coalition a week later. Britain would hand over control of most Northern Ireland departments March 26 _ a deadline that both governments insist must be met, otherwise the assembly will be closed again the next day.”

Perhaps even more importantly, as the Post states, “Britain and Ireland also jointly published an experts’ report Tuesday that said the outlawed IRA had kept its July 2005 promise to renounce violence for political purposes.” 

Now what will Ian Paisley say??

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