He's catching on

I must say I am encouraged by the noises coming from DUP leader Ian Paisley after his meeting with An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern this morning. While of course Mr. Paisley has to keep up his usual bulster to keep the hardliners happy, it does seem that he is willing to face the reality that there can be no political settlement in the north if his party are prepared to deal with Republicans.

However the sooner Mr. Paisley realises the logical conclusion of this reality and engages with Sinn Féin in face to face discussions, the closer we will be to a settlement to restore devolution in the best interests of both Nationalists and Unionists.

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