Marginal Footnotes


More (or less) on McGuinness
June 7, 2006, 11:32 am
Filed under: International, Politics, Random, Uncategorized

So not much new news about the McGuinnes spy allegations, although now the man himself is suggesting, probably correctly, that his 'enemies' are making the claims in order to provoke an attempt on his life.  It's still not clear what effect this wil have on the revival of Stormont (the Northern Parliament) in order to reignite the consociational government established under the Belfast Agreement (Good Friday Agreement) of 1998.  McGuinness, for his part, is still blaming elements within the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), with which he would share authority under a power-sharing government:

'"I'm not accusing all of the DUP of being involved in this. I am accusing a certain element within the DUP who are doing their damnedest to prevent an agreement.There are people within the DUP who can't bring themselves to recognise that the future will be Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness in the Office of First and Deputy First Minister."'

It's unclear what Martin Ingram, the former British spy handler who made the allegations, has to do with the DUP.  Nevertheless, Ian Paisley, head of DUP, is now requesting an extension to the deadline for reviving the government in the North. That is very unlikely.  If the government is not re-established by Nov. 24, then the legislature is toast and the Good Friday Agreement will, like all other peace process endeavors in Northern Ireland, enter the dustbin of history.

–mpd

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