McGuinness hopeful of U.S. investment
“Her take on it was that we shouldn’t be complacent about peace, that we need to recognize that everybody needs to benefit from it, especially where there are areas of social deprivation. Everyone needs to see that they are benefiting from the fruits of the peace process,” he said.
McGuinness said the unified approach between the two main political parties, Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionists, has also helped to secure economic benefits for the North.
“Hundreds of jobs have been created as the result of linkages we have built up with business leaders here. Now we’re back again and the renewed focus is on economic investment. We are seeing now a comprehensive approach to economic investment,” he said.
In regard to the well-publicized turmoil in Robinson’s personal life over his wife’s infidelity with a teenage lover, McGuinness gave a considered reply.
“Obviously the revelations about his wife were in the public domain and I was concerned. The concern had to be for Peter Robison and his family and the devastating effect this would have on their children,” McGuinness said.
“But also the concern was what impact it would have on the process. Peter’s a strong personality. He has the ability to deal with crisis situations.”
The recent agreement on the transfer of policing and justice from Westminster is a cause for optimism, McGuinness argued.
“I think the outcome from the Hillsborough agreement has hugely strengthened the peace process and hugely stabilized the political institutions, and I have no concerns whatsoever that these institutions are going to collapse between now and the next Assembly elections in 2011,” he said.
McGuinness scoffed at the efforts of dissident Republicans to capsize the peace process, and was assured they would fail.
“These groups are microscopic. They have no substantial support within the Nationalist community and they don’t have the right to overturn the publicly declared will of the people of Ireland who want this peace process to succeed,” McGuinness said.
“It is totally unacceptable to turn around and look at the antics of people who look determined to bring British soldiers back onto the streets and villages of the North of Ireland.
“The big difficulty I have about people who are described as dissidents is that some of these people have the intelligence to know that there’s no prospect whatsoever of them overturning the will of the people of Ireland as declared in support of the Good Friday Agreement. They obviously know they don’t have the military capability to bring about an end to British rule in Ireland by military means. It raises the question for many people as to why they are doing what they’re doing.”
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This is one time that I have to agree with you chuck, except for the Socialist part of your comment. I think that you are bang on. I believe that withOffensive NFL sign outside restaurant just a symptom of a larger problem
Why not simply remove red from the American language. I am sure that communists are offended by it as well. St.Johns was once the Red Storm, now theyThe New York Times questions Ireland’s highly-praised economic recovery
If the article did not specify Ireland, one might think it was about the U S. Ireland shrinks its unemployment via emigration, we shrink it by not cou62-year-old Boston priest caught with prostitute behind cemetery
Another error of judgement I suppose, being human and all that. Bloody disgusting.