It confirmes that while the desire for peace is widespread in Northern Ireland, the consensus in republican areas appears to be that the Anglo-Irish declaration was not enough to trigger an IRA cessation of hostilities.
Anne Cadwallader, a local journalist who attended the meeting on Tuesday night, reported yesterday: 'The message came through clearly - the document, as it stands, is unacceptable to the republican movement. Speakers, however, trod a very careful line between outright rejection and being slightly more conciliatory in seeing it as a step in the right direction that should be fully explored. A significant number of leading Sinn Fein speakers said the document should be 'teased out'.'Reuse content