Ahern attacks Unionists' intransigence

THE NORTHERN Ireland peace process was in crisis yesterday after Tony Blair and the Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, admitted they were out of ideas for breaking the deadlock between the Ulster parties on how to give effect to the Good Friday Agreement.

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Ulster's peace bid left on the brink again

STALEMATE WAS snatched from the jaws of victory in the Northern Ireland peace process yesterday as a chance of making significant progress unravelled at the last moment.

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NEITHER SECURITY nor republican sources would yesterday confirm a newspaper report that a high-level IRA meeting was held at the weekend to consider greater flexibility on the issue of arms decommissioning.

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THE SECTARIAN killing of a Catholic man in north Belfast in the early hours of Saturday morning has sent a tremor of concern and worry through those involved in the Northern Ireland peace process.

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Nobel prize rewards courage of Ulster's architects of peace

THE NOBEL Peace Prize was bestowed yesteday on the Unionist and nationalist leaders David Trimble and John Hume, signifying the huge support of the international community for the Northern Ireland peace process.

Labour Conference: Tribune rally row - Cook pulls out of left's rally

ROBIN COOK and John Edmonds have pulled out of tomorrow's Tribune rally, where they were due to share the platform with the Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams. Mr Edmonds, leader of the GMB general workers' union, did so because Tribune failed to invite David Trimble, Northern Ireland's First Minister.

Letter: Ulster weapons

Sir: Why are people so concerned if David Trimble (and others before him) shook the hand of Gerry Adams? The origin of the handshake was to demonstrate that the weapon hand was empty.

Leading Article: Now three cheers for peace are in order

"I THINK we can do business," said Gerry Adams, as he came away from not shaking hands with David Trimble. It is a measure of how far the peace process has come - as was Mr Trimble's description of the meeting as "encouraging" and "civilised". Neither word could have been applied by a Unionist leader in the past to contact with a man who, until frighteningly recently, was an apologist for terrorism. Never has a non-handshake trembled with such significance.

Trimble makes his peace with Adams

THE NORTHERN Ireland peace process has produced so many unprecedented events and defining moments that when David Trimble spoke to Gerry Adams yesterday it produced interest but no real shockwaves.

Podium: Ulster is an inspiration to the world

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Clinton says get rid of all weapons

THE CLINTON visit was unarguably a big day in Northern Ireland yesterday, even if there was little of the jubilation and celebration which marked his first trip just under three years ago.

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LOYALISTS YESTERDAY demanded government action to root out dissident republican terror groups amid fears of escalating attacks.
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