Bradley on the peace process

Nuzhound carried a good Irish News article on the peace process yesterday by Denis Bradley, a former priest who helped to negotiate the 1994 IRA ceasefire:

The truthful starting point is that republicans have had to face hard realities and make bold decisions but they have always done so with the help, encouragement and foresight of their friends.

Those friends have ranged from priests to presidents, from coalmen to consuls, from businessmen to bureaucrats, from messengers to ministers.

Among this eclectic group is a deep sense of betrayal.

This group has not gone away but it has become much more cautious. When the negotiations begin after the election these people will still be there but they will engage and respond in a different way.

They will demand more honesty and straightness. They will probe and test in a way they have not done before.






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