Irish leader visits Ulster

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Albert Reynolds, the Irish prime minister, called for a swift resumption of political dialogue on the future of Northern Ireland, when he made his first visit to the province since taking office. He made a brief trip to Londonderry where he insisted that Articles 2 and 3 of the Irish Constitution, which lay claim to the six counties, were not an obstacle to political progress. Unionists have refused to resume the dialogue, which broke down last year, until the territorial claim is removed and both Ulster Unionists and Democratic Unionists boycotted his visit.