Dallas Morning News
ALTHOUGH TRADITIONAL in recent years, it is still odd that Northern Ireland politicians are transplanted to Washington on St Patrick's Day to engage in domestic political problems. Clinton will do his best to square circles, but the outcome may not be decided until the politicians return and come up against the April deadline. They must keep their options open, with no more painting themselves into corners.
NORTHERN IRELAND'S political leaders will be in Washington for festivities marking St Patrick's Day. Much has been achieved this past year, but there is serious business still to be done. Monday's horrific murder of Northern Ireland attorney Rosemary Nelson was a bloody and brutal attempt by those who live by the bullet and bomb to destroy the political process and the peace that the people of Northern Ireland have so courageously fought to forge. They will not succeed. In the name of Rosemary Nelson and all the other victims who have died, we must go on.
TODAY PROVIDES a glimpse of what could be. All and every shade of opinion is out claiming St Patrick for themselves, though in different ways. It should be possible for all the different flags and emblems to fly together instead of AT each other. It can only happen when no one is trying to control or dominate anyone else. In that case people might find they don't need flags and emblems to defend their identities with.
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