A Student of History

March 26, 2007

Good news from Ireland

Filed under: Ireland — John Maass @ 12:14 pm

CNN today has an article that tells us that:

Northern Ireland’s major Protestant and Catholic parties have hailed a deal to form a power-sharing government as a “new era of politics” to end three decades of sectarian conflict in the British province.

Monday’s breakthrough followed the first face-to-face talks between the Protestants of Ian Paisley’s hardline Democratic Unionist Party and the Roman Catholics of Gerry Adams’ Sinn Fein.

Paisley, 80, who had previously boycotted contact with Sinn Fein because of its links to the Irish Republican Army, met Adams at the Northern Ireland assembly building in Belfast but the pair did not shake hands, news agencies reported.

“Today we’ve agreed with Sinn Fein that this date will be Tuesday, May 8, 2007,” Paisley, sitting next to Adams at the negotiating table, later told reporters.

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