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‘Uncertain grasp’? August 23, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

This looks very intriguing, new files from the North just released by PRONI – as reported by RTÉ.

They lead with the story:

The files reveal that British officials thought former taoiseach Albert Reynolds’ grasp on the realities of political life in Northern Ireland may have been uncertain.

But I can’t find anything in the piece that enlarges on that idea of Reynolds being ‘uncertain’ about these ‘realities’. I wonder if other stories will add to this. Whatever else Reynolds appeared a relatively astute politician in relation to progressing matters in the face of a largely unsympathetic British government and a broader context that at times was very hostile indeed.


1. An Sionnach Fionn - August 23, 2019

British officials projecting negative views onto their Irish counterparts because the Irish refused to see things the way the British did. Pretty much standard fare for Ireland-UK relations and turns up all the time in state papers from London.

The Brexit ones will make for interesting reading 25 years from now!

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