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24 February 2000 Edition

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Dúirt siad...

The Prime Minister and I are convinced that there is no reasonable alternative to the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and, pending the re-establishment of the institutions, we will continue to implement resolutely the outstanding elements of it within our responsibility.

Bertie Ahern on the re-establishment of the institutions.


The institutions have been torn down and the Good Friday Agreement has been torn up.

Gerry Adams


We think a review would be a serious blunder, a serious mistake. We could be locked in there for two years and effectively resolve nothing.

Martin McGuinness on a proposed review of the Agreement


I think this needs to be looked at from the point of view of a thorough investigation, the parameters of which must be viewed by families' solicitors.

Tony Doherty, whose father was killed on Bloody Sunday, after it emerged that the British Ministry of Defence had destroyed two of the five remaining rifles used on Bloody Sunday, despite instuctions to the contrary


People in this constituency are not in the least bit interested in what Mr Hague has to say. His contribution to the peace process has been of no greater value than that of John Major.

Sinn Féin's Dara O'Hagan on Conservative leader William Hague's recent negative comments on prisoner releases and decommissioning


Apart from the disregard which such a measure demonstrates towards the constitutional rights of people, the standard of reasonable force is altogether too vague and will inevitably lead to further complaints against Gardaí by people in detention.

ICCL spokesperson Donncha O'Connell on proposed draconian new powers for Gardaí, including the forcible taking of saliva samples from detainees


It's very easy to lay all the ills of the northern peace process at the door of the IRA and Sinn Féin... Peter Mandelson jumped a little too fast last Friday when he decided to suspend the Executive and the Assembly. He jumped alone and when he did it was, ostensibly, to the refrain of the Ould Orange Flute.

Pat Brosnan in the Examiner


They are at a loss as to where we go from now. I couldn't really give them the answers. The way to move forward is to set the institutions up. The Agreement was a contract between opponents which set the skeleton on which we could put the meat of politics and these structures have been taken away.

Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly after meeting with republican prisoners in Long Kesh

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