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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Irish Primate comments on developments in NI peace process
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¬†Archbishop SeŠn Brady, Primate of All iIeland, today issued the following statement on overnight developments in the Peace Process. Archbishop Brady said: "I believe that the progress which has been made to date is extraordinary. That progress shows that the parties are able and willing to work together. But the breakdown just short of the finishing line is disappointing. It tells us that more trust has to be built. I hope that trust will continue to grow. The lesson may be, in all of this, that all parties who intend to go into Government together need, not only to talk, but to listen to each other. Otherwise their governing will not be as effective as it might be and will not necessarily be for the good of all the people. "In my opinion the request for photographs is really a request for greater clarity and certainty about decommissioning. The question is, if photographs are impossible, what is possible to provide the certainty required? On the other hand, the request not to be humiliated is also reasonable. It is a request for people to be treated seriously as partners in Government and to have the rights and dignity of all respected. "Right now we all need to do and say the things that make for peace. Something that is seen as humiliation is not likely to help people to work effectively and peacefully together in partnership in Government. Humiliation is one thing, humility is something else, humility is built on truth. The truth is that here we have parties who have received a mandate from the people and are offering to take on responsibilities for the future government of this country. I hope it will be good government." Archbishop Brady concluded: "The blame game leads nowhere, just as there is no monopoly of victims, there is no monopoly of blame. Perhaps an honest acceptance, by all sides, of what has happened in the past and an appropriate taking of responsibility for the past would be a good basis on which to go forward. A humble expression of sorrow for the grief that has been caused by all sides, would be even better. If we cannot go the extra mile, let's try to go the extra, perhaps even the final step. Humility, yes, humiliation, no." Source: Irish Catholic Communication Service
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