Ireland: Forum Fizzle

A call for Irish unity is rebuffed

Overhead, one of the 18th century frescoes on the ceiling of St. Patrick's Hall depicted King Henry II receiving the surrender of Irish chieftains in 1171. Beneath the figures, in the gilded hall of Dublin Castle, which was once the seat of British rule in Ireland, politicians from the North and South gathered last week to sign the long-awaited report of the New Ireland Forum, a promised blueprint for the future of the troubled land. Unfortunately, the forum's call for new solutions had already evoked a curt dismissal. Early that morning, Dublin residents awoke...

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