Sunday, January 28, 2007

Northern Ireland

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I blogged about this a while ago, but I just saw on the news that Sinn Fein have agreed to cooperate with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. This means that the elections can go ahead, and a new assembly may be formed. Even more mind-blowing is the possibility of Sinn Fein and the DUP sharing power. Once sworn enemies, they shouted at each other, and often seemed to outsiders as stuck in a narrative that was beyond change.

How wrong we were. It's not signed, sealed and delivered yet, and the election has yet to take place. However, those of us who remember the nightly reports of the 'the troubles' on the news, and especially those who lived and suffered them, it leaves you rubbing your eyes in disbelief.

I hope the relative peace they have found is enduring, and that all the citizens of that island are in a better place as a result.
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