Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Haass No Deal

"NI talks end w/o accord; gaps persist past, parades, flags; will explore if a last push justified; hope so, as all would gain from pact" - Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass).

As predicted there is no deal, no agreement. No post mortem is being carried out as "the patient is still alive".

There is no point in a "last push". Unionism is not capable of compromise. Full stop.

On flags Nationalism holds a position that the Irish flag should fly freely from all public buildings throughout Ireland. The starting position adopted by Nationalists in the Haass talks was one flag or no flag. This was already a compromise. Nationalism was prepared to compromise further on this position. Unionism wanted to fly the Union Jack 365 days a year. A bottom line, not an inch! So much for the "Democratic" Unionist Party!

On parading the Nationalist position is there should be no sectarian marches through Nationalist areas. Compromise was made and Loyalist parades were to be facilitated after a process of dialogue. Unionists even objected to a Haass suggestion that "songs or hymes that could cause offense" be omitted.

On the past, Unionists could not agree that there are two narratives on the past.

The North is a failed entity. Brian Groom (@GroomB) on Twitter has produced evidence. Time for change.


  1. Enda,
    Would you agree that the Unionist "not an inch" stance is now a completely busted flush? It leves them no grounds on which to compromise. My own opinion is that Haas was on a loser from the word go. The real issue that needs to be addressed is actually the Unionist "tradition" of forcing their "culture" down the throats of others.

  2. Unionism yet again proves its unwillingness to compromise and share this Island with its neighbours.Mr Haass and Professor O'Sullivan should publish all the documents in order to show the people what was on offer. The SDLP and SF as well as APNI were willing to except the deal the people should know why the DUP didn't .