Ireland is slowly moving from loathing to trust

`Leadership in the style of David Trimble is about having the courage to risk your own future'

Trimble under more pressure to ditch accord

OPEN POLITICAL warfare continued inside David Trimble's Ulster Unionist Party yesterday, with one of his MPs calling for his resignation as a struggle continued between those for and against the Good Friday Agreement.

Leading Article: The RUC must be transformed if Ulster is to progress

IT WASN'T supposed to be like this. Chris Patten's report into the future of policing in Northern Ireland was meant to arrive after, not before, the Assembly established by the Good Friday Agreement had set up its cross-party executive. But the quarrel over when, if ever, decommissioning will start derailed that timetable, with perhaps fateful consequences. For one of the most important of the 175 recommendations in the Report is that the police in Northern Ireland should be responsible to a new board which would include members of the Assembly.

Patten Report: Quotes

"If this is not the way forward, then I simply do not know what is"

Mitchell in bid to fix Ulster impasse

SENATOR GEORGE Mitchell today begins the daunting task of brokering a deal between the Ulster Unionists and Sinn Fein, a goal which has eluded all sides and brought the peace process to a virtual standstill over the past year.

Mowlam tipped to stay in post

MO MOWLAM, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, left Westminster for her summer holidays last night as Tony Blair was poised to reshuffle the Cabinet.

Profile: George Mitchell - The man to bring peace to Ulster?

The ex-senator's patience and judgement are in demand like never before, writes David McKittrick

The day Ulster lost heart

A DAY of high drama and low farce in Belfast yesterday saw the Irish peace process plunged into damaging disarray, leaving the British and Irish governments to salvage what they can from a severe setback.

Letter: Loyalist violence

Sir: David Trimble, the Ulster Unionist leader, says signing up to the latest proposals put forward by the British and Irish Prime Ministers would mean his party compromising an important democratic principle, because it would involve forming a government with Sinn Fein before the IRA start decommissioning.

Leading Article: A quantum leap has taken place in Northern Ireland

THERE WILL continue to be endless agonising about the peace process in Northern Ireland. Certainly, there are more than enough reasons for pessimism. For outsiders, there is a sense of hopelessness in watching participants seemingly determined to refuse the best chance of peace that we have ever had.

Will hope or cynicism triumph in this fateful week for Ulster?

OVER THE years, emotions in Northern Ireland have swung wildly around the compass - from hope to despair, from grief to celebration, from horror to occasional elation. Of late, a new sentiment has been prevalent: that of tedium. Even to those fascinated by the fate of the place, recent months have provided only occasional surges of interest before each chance of a breakthrough gives way to fresh disappointment. With Kosovo to occupy attention, it is easy to understand how the rest of the world sees the Northern Ireland problem as tiresome.

Letter: Healing Ulster

Sir: Ken Livingstone urges David Trimble to "find the courage to take a big risk for peace" (Comment, 23 June). It would make more sense if Livingstone was to urge the IRA to hand in its guns and Semtex.

Can Trimble find the courage to take a big risk for peace?

If he wrecks the peace process many people will question if we should continue to prop up Ulster

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